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Abduction of the Sabine Women

Abduction of the Sabine Women

c. 1640
(German, 1609–1684)
Framed: 129 x 178 x 7.5 cm (50 13/16 x 70 1/16 x 2 15/16 in.); Unframed: 110 x 160 cm (43 5/16 x 63 in.)
Location: not on view


Shortly after Rome was founded, the Romans abducted the women of the neighboring Sabines to be their wives. During the ensuing war, the Sabine women intervened, making peace between the two sides. Painted in Naples, this canvas seems to be the last of four versions of the subject painted by Johann Schönfeld (two in the Hermitage, St. Petersburg, another in a private collection).
  • Anne Lise Thomasen, Copenhagen (1930).
    (Galerie Grünwald; Galerie Arnoldi-Livie, Munich), sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art, 1982.
  • Lee, Sherman E. “Year in Review for 1982.” The Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art 70, no. 1 (January 1983): 3–55. Mentioned: p. 50, no. 16; Reproduced: p. 12
    Pée, Herbert. “The Rape of the Sabines by Johann Heinrich Schönfeld.” The Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art 74, no. 9 (November 1987): 358–371. Mentioned and reproduced: p. 358-371
  • The Year in Review for 1982. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (January 5-February 6, 1983).
    CMA 1983: "Year in Review 1982," Bull., LXX (Jan. 1983), p. 50, cat. # 16, repr. p. 12.
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