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  • Rape of the Sabine Women

    Artist:
    Schönfeld, Johann Heinrich. 1609-1684
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    98,5x134 cm

Schönfeld, Johann Heinrich. 1609-1684

Rape of the Sabine Women

Germany, 1631-1650

Schönfeldt was perhaps one of the most talented 17th-century German painters. He lived for a long time in Rome and Naples, creating many scenes based on legends from the history of Ancient Rome, such as this. When the city was founded it had only male inhabitants and neighbouring tribes refused to give their women in marriage. The Romans organized a feast to which they invited their neighbours, the Sabines, and at the height of the festivities abducted all the girls. In the foreground we can see the tumbled, intertwined figures of warriors and women, set against a pearly-grey fountain, its whimsical forms echoing the typical park architecture of the 17th century. The colours are light and festive, the forms are treated easily and freely, and small details are often only hinted at with a flexible stroke of the brush.

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Rape of the Sabine Women

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oil

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98,5x134 cm

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Entered the Hermitage in 1926; transferred from the Gatchina Palace

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ГЭ-2513

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