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Rape of the Sabine Women

Accession Number
1973/1.800

Title
Rape of the Sabine Women

Artist(s)
John Clem Clarke

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
circa 1970-1973

Medium & Support
lithograph on paper

Dimensions
25 3/4 in x 22 3/8 in (65.41 cm x 56.83 cm);36 1/8 in x 29 in (91.76 cm x 73.66 cm)

Credit Line
Museum Purchase

Subject matter
Rape of the Sabine Women echoes the composition of Giambologna's sculpture titled Rape of the Sabines. Clarke, who made a career of recasting classical images by earlier artists in contemporary garb and style, also did a reproduction of Poussin's Rape of the Sabine Women. This story from the legendary history of Rome, tells of the first generation of Roman men who, threatened by a severe gender ratio imbalance, acquired wives for themselves from the neighboring Sabine families recounted in Livy and Plutarch. 

Physical Description
This print shows three figures in a field set against a dark and smoky background. Two men are struggling for control of a struggling naked woman draped over the shoulder of one of the men. 

Primary Object Classification
Print

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

Rights
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Keywords
Figures
abduction
grass
history (discipline)
males
modern and contemporary art
nudes
reproductions

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