Painting With The Girls 25
January 25, 2016.
Day 25, (341 days to go).
Lucretia is the most famous heroine in early Roman history. She was the wife of Collatinus, a member of the collateral branch of the Tarquinian Royal family. When the Roman Army was besieging Ardea, the young nobles in their camp discussed the moral character of their wives, and resolved to ride back and surprised them. In Rome, they found the daughter of the King acting merrily. Surprising Lucretia they found the lovely wife happily spinning wool among the slaves. The soldiers returned to camp, except for one of the Kings sons, who was moved by Lucretia’s beauty and secretly went back in the dead of night and entered Lucretia’s bedroom and raped her. As soon as he was gone Lucretia told her husband and father what happened. She made the two men swear to avenge her, and then she committed suicide. When the story came to light, the people revolted against the royal family, whom they expelled from the city, establishing a new government.
Artemisia Gentileschi painted Lucretia several times. In Artemisia’s painting she ponders with the knife pointing to the sky, the moment between life and death, while she holds the breast she stabbed.