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DOMENICO PARODI (GENOA 1668-1740/75)
DOMENICO PARODI (GENOA 1668-1740/75)
DOMENICO PARODI (GENOA 1668-1740/75)
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DOMENICO PARODI (GENOA 1668-1740/75)

The Death of Lucretia

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DOMENICO PARODI (GENOA 1668-1740/75)
The Death of Lucretia
signed and dated 'DOMINICVS / PARODI FAC. / 1703' (center, on the floor tile)
oil on copper
22 3/8 x 25 7/8 in. (56.8 x 65.7 cm.)
Provenance
Santino de'Ferrari, Genoa, by 1709.
with Galleria Giulia Baldin, Turin, by 1980.
with Moatti Fine Arts Limited, London, where acquired by the present owner in 2010.
Literature
R. Sopriani and C.G. Ratti, Vite de' pittore, scultor ed architetti Genovesi, II, Gonoa, 1769, p. 211.
M. Newcombe, 'Domenico Parodi', in The Grove Dictionary of Art, XXIV, J. Turner, ed., 1996, London, pp. 203-204.
Exhibited
Frankfurt, Schirn Kunsthalle, Kunst in der Repulik Genoa 1528-1815, 1992, no. 105 (cat. by M. Newcombe Schleier).
Sale room notice
The present lot has been requested for a forthcoming exhibition entitled Domenico Parodi 1670-1742 to be held at the Palazzo Nicolosio, Genoa in 2022.

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Lot Essay

The story of the Death of Lucretia was recorded by Livy and Dionysius of Halicarnassus, both of whom count the event as a turning point that stirred the revolution and the collapse of the Roman empire. Domenico Parodi chose to depict Livy’s version, in which Brutus witnesses Lucretia’s suicide, creating a portrait histoiré, in which he casts his own family members into the drama. Domenico included a portrait of his father Filippo, noted sculptor and wood-carver, in the role of Brutus, gathering a mourning party to the left of the scene. The turbaned man in the mourning party, meanwhile, is thought to be a self-portrait (loc. cit.).

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