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The Abduction of the Sabine Women, 1585

chiaroscuro woodcut (in three shades of brown and black), . Bequest of Grover Higgins by exchange 1981.15

The legend of the Sabine women relates to Rome’s early history when, to ensure the future population of the city, its founder Romulus hosted a festival for neighboring peoples, including the Sabines. At an appointed moment during the festivities, each young man of Rome kidnapped an unmarried Sabine woman to be his bride. Later, when the Sabines attacked Rome, it was the abducted Sabine women who courageously stopped the brutal battle and demanded peace between their fathers, brothers, and husbands. Andreani’s chiaroscuro woodcut, with its brown-red tone, subtle shadows, and warm highlights, was a fitting choice for reproducing Giambologna’s original bronze relief, created for the pedestal of his sculpture The Abduction of a Sabine Woman.

Cleveland, Ohio: The Cleveland Museum of Art; 8/3/97 - 10/26/97. "Mannerism: Italian, French, and Netherlandish Prints, 1520-1620." Cleveland, Ohio: The Cleveland Museum of Art; August 17-November 9, 2003. "Against the Grain: Woodcuts from the Collection". No exhbition catalogue. The Cleveland Museum of Art (08/26/2017-12/31/2017): “Gods and Heroes: Ancient Legends in Renaissance Art”

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