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Abduction of the Sabine Women

Abduction of the Sabine Women

c. 1640

Johann Heinrich Schönfeld

(German, 1609-1684)

Oil on canvas

Framed: 129 x 178 x 7.5 cm (50 13/16 x 70 1/16 x 2 15/16 in.); Unframed: 110 x 160 cm (43 5/16 x 63 in.)

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1982.143

Description

Shortly after Rome was founded, the Romans abducted the women of the neighboring Sabines to be their wives. During the ensuing war, the Sabine women intervened, making peace between the two sides. Painted in Naples, this canvas seems to be the last of four versions of the subject painted by Schönfeld (two in the Hermitage, St. Petersburg, another in a private collection).

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