The Woman 's Body

865 WordsNov 12, 20154 Pages
In the painting, a young, life-sized woman is seen dressed in a very classy manner inside of a bedroom in a palace. The top of her dress seems to be falling off of her breasts and shoulder a bit, and her right leg is exposed. Sshe is bending backwards, and her facial expression seems to be full of shock, disgust, anger, and fear, as if something horrific had just happened to her. Her right arm is raised, almost as if she is surrendering and saying “don’t hurt me” or “I didn’t ask for this”. In the lower left area of the portrait, there are two important items in which her face is pointed towards: broken eggs on a silver platter and a dagger, which represent lost virginity and self-harm, respectively (DAI). The motion of the woman’s body, her facial expression and clothes she is wearing, and the iconographic items in the painting reveal that she is Lucretia, the woman who was raped. According to the didactic, Lucretia was the wife of a Roman noble, and was raped by Sextus, the son of Tarquin, who was the king of Rome. Tarquin’s nephew, Brutus, led the rebellion against the king, which eventually led to his banishment. After she was raped, Lucretia told the incident to her brother and father – and probably because of how guilty she felt – stabbed herself with the dagger that Sextus used to threaten her with. Interestingly, the dagger in the painting is not bloody and Sextus is not present, although this appeared to have happened right after the rape. Therefore, it makes sense
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