Early 16th century
Oil on wood
H 45 X W 33 cm
Probably acquired by the Museums Commission in 1872.
Restored in 1997.
The powerful anatomy of Lucretia reflects the art, heavily influenced by Michelangelo, of Jan Gossaert, who belonged to the Flemish Mannerist school of the beginning of the 16th century.
Lucretia, the wife of Tarquin Collatin, was dishonoured by Sextus Tarquin, her brother-in-law. Following this outrage she committed suicide, having demanded vengeance by instigating the revolution of 509 BC, which overthrew Rome's royalty.