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Author: Maureen E. Buri

Title: Crimes of Passion

Subtitle: Rape and Abduction in Flemish Mythological Painting, 1600-1650

Thesis: M.A. Thesis, University of Cincinnati

Advisor: Diane Mankin

Year: 2007

Pages: iv + 82pp.

OCLC Number: 156503855 – Find a Library: WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 17th Century | European History: Belgian History | Cases: Offenders / Sextus Tarquinius; Cases: Victims / Lucretia; Offenders: Non-Human Offenders / Gods; Representations: Art / Jacob Jordaens, Peter Paul Rubens, Cornelis Schut; Victims: Abduction


Link: OhioLINK (Free Access)


Abstract: »Flemish representations of mythological rapes produced in Counter Reformation Catholic Europe were highly sought after by patrons in the first half of the seventeenth century.This thesis will examine the popularity of visual representations of mythological abduction, in particular, the Rape of Europa, as explored by such artists as Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), Cornelis Schut (1597-1655), and Jacob Jordaens (1593-1678), it will examine three monumental mythological rape and abduction paintings by Peter Paul Rubens, and the interpretation of these images as reflections of the artist’s political views, and will review the sensual, sexual, and allegorical implications of portrayals of rape, and their appeal to wealthy Flemish patrons in relation to Early Modern attitudes about rape and sexuality. Because most of the variations of the subject and format were already established by the master painters working in the first half of the century, this study is limited to images produced before 1650.« (Source: Thesis)


  Abstract (p. iii)
  Acknowledgements (p. iv)
  Index of Illustrations (p. 2)
  Introduction (p. 4)
  Chapter One. Sensuality and Salvation in Flemish Portrayals of The Rape of Europa (p. 10)
    Common Allegorical Themes Associated with Depictions of the “Rape of Europa” (p. 13)
    Flemish Portrayals of the “Rape of Europa” (p. 14)
    Conclusion (p. 24)
  Chapter Two. The politics of Rape: Peter Paul Rubens's Political Allegories in Mythological Rape Paintings (p. 27)
    The Rape of Lucretia (p. 27)
    The Rape of the Daughters of Leucippus (p. 31)
    The Rape of the Sabine Women (p. 36)
    Conclusion (p. 43)
  Chapter Three. Sexuality in Early Modern Southern Netherlands: The Popularity of Erotic Mythological Imagery (p. 45)
    Crime and Punishment: Rape in the Seventeenth Century (p. 45)
    Patrons of Early Modern Erotica (p. 46)
    The Thrill of the Hunt (p. 49)
    Moralizing Motifs and Acceptable Erotica (p. 53)
    Conclusion (p. 57)
  Conclusion (p. 59)
  Illustrations (p. 61)
  Bibliography (p. 80)

Wikipedia: History of Europe: History of Belgium | History of painting: Flemish Baroque painting | 17th-century Flemish painters: Jacob Jordaens; Peter Paul Rubens / The Rape of the Daughters of Leucippus; Cornelis Schut | Mythology: Greek Mythology / Castor and Pollux, Europa (mythology), Hilaeira, Phoebe (Leucippid), Zeus | Mythology: Roman Mythology / Lucretia, The Rape of the Sabine Women, Sextus Tarquinius