Lucretia MET DP862672.jpg
Year1500s (Julian)
LocationMetropolitan Museum of Art
Accession No.1997.153 Edit this on Wikidata
IdentifiersThe Met object ID: 337075

Lucretia is a 1500s drawing by Raphael, now in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.[1]

Early history and creation

William Russell (died 1884) was the drawing's first recorded owner.[2] Russell was the first to attribute the work to Raphael.[2] Sir James Knowles purchased the drawing in 1908.[2]

Description and interpretation

The work depicts Lucretia in the moment before she commits suicide by putting a dagger into her chest.[3]

In its time printers would display images of Lucretia with Dido.[4] Copies of the image have a Greek language inscription with it.[4] The image is part of a contemporary style to depict females standing alone.[4]

Later history and influence

Marcantonio Raimondi's engraving, circa 1510/11
Marcantonio Raimondi's engraving, circa 1510/11

The Metropolitan Museum of Art acquired the sketch in 1997.[3]


  1. ^ "Lucretia". Metropolitan Museum of Art.
  2. ^ a b c Stock, Julien (1984). "A Drawing by Raphael of 'Lucretia'". The Burlington Magazine. 126 (976): 423–427. JSTOR 881691.
  3. ^ a b "Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio or Santi) Lucretia The Met". The Metropolitan Museum of Art, i.e. The Met Museum. Retrieved 2017-05-21.
  4. ^ a b c Emison, Patricia (September 1991). "The Singularity of Raphael'slucretia". Art History. 14 (3): 372–396. doi:10.1111/j.1467-8365.1991.tb00444.x.