Angus McBride (biography)Medium:
Gouache on BoardSize:
29" x 14" (740mm x 350mm)Date:
Signed by Artist lower rightThis is the Signed original Gouache painting by Angus McBride.
The Rape occurred in the early history of Rome, shortly after its founding (mid 8th century BC) by Romulus and his mostly male followers. Seeking wives in order to establish families, the Romans negotiated unsuccessfully with the Sabines, who populated the surrounding area.
The Sabines feared the emergence of a rival society and refused to allow their women to marry the Romans. Consequently, the Romans planned to abduct Sabine women during a festival of Neptune Equester. They planned and announced a marvellous festival to attract people from all nearby towns. According to Livy, many people from Rome's neighbouring towns attended, including folk from the Caeninenses, Crustumini, and Antemnates, and many of the Sabines.
At the festival, Romulus gave a signal, at which the Romans grabbed the Sabine women and fought off the Sabine men. The indignant abductees were soon implored by Romulus to accept Roman husbands.
Note not all the art was used - possibly considered too risqué thus the evidence of tape of the woman's hand and her foot painted out as though it was part of the man's tunic. Also as with many of these large McBride originals the board has been folded vertically in the centre.
Original publication 13th October 1973, Look and Learn #613.