The Abduction of a Sabine Woman

The Abduction of a Sabine Woman


Andrea Andreani

(Italian, about 1558–1610)

after Giambologna

(Flemish, 1529-1608)

Chiaroscuro woodcut

Gift of The Print Club of Cleveland 1925.1221

Catalogue raisonné: Bartsch XII.93.2


Andreani’s woodcut presents a view of Giambologna’s marble sculpture The Abduction of a Sabine Woman, unveiled in 1583 in Florence. Capitalizing on the sculpture’s popularity, Andreani published three chiaroscuro woodcuts of it from different viewpoints, including this one. Asymmetrical yet balanced, the spiraling composition of active, entangled bodies generates a sense of perpetual movement.

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PR - Chiaroscuro
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