Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1653)

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Procne and Philomela Showing Tereus the Head of his Son Itys, nd

Background: Procne and Philomena are sisters, and Tereus is Procne’s husband. Tereus kidnapped Philomena, took her to a cabin where he raped her, cut out her tongue, and raped her again. Leaving her there, he returned to Procne and told her Philomena was dead. Philomena was able to weave her story into cloth and have it delivered to her sister.

Procne managed to find Philomena and rescued her. The plan for revenge was to mutilate Tereus, but Procne decided it would be more effective to use their son, Itys, to obtain revenge. The sisters killed the boy, cooked him, and served him to his father.

Titian (1490-1576)

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Tarquinius and Lucretia, circa 1571
Painting depicts the moment before the rape of Lucretia after Tarquin’s threat to kill her.

Jacopo Ligozzi (1547-1627)

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The Martyrdom of the Four Crowned Saints, end of 16th century

Andrea Locatelli (1695-1741)

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Magic Scene, before 1741

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Jacopo Ligozzi (1547-1627)

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The Return of the Knights of Santo Stefano from the Battle of Lepanto. 1604-14
Church of Santo Stefano dei Cavalieri, Pisa.

Sano di Pietro (1406-1481)

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Saint Anthony Abbot Tormented by Demons, ca. 1435-40

Giulio Aristide Sartorio (1860-1932)

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La Gorgone e gli eroi (The Gorgon and the Heroes), 1897