Lucretia made the ultimate sacrifice in order to reclaim her body and her story. Yet, despite her intent, both continue to be the canvas upon which artists’ interpretations play out, with different versions and different points of view rewriting her narrative.
At Boston Lyric Opera’s production of The Rape of Lucretia, this lobby installation was conceived and designed by director Sarna Lapine, Michelle Lapine McCabe of Hivemind, and John Conklin, dramaturg and BLO’s Artistic Advisor. The fragments of Lucretia’s story are deconstructed elements from canonical Old Masters paintings, linked in full below. The installation itself reminds the audience that stories are manipulated by arrangement, interpretation, emphasis, and absence. The artists, the composer, the director and the designers all contribute to the reconstruction of Lucretia’s story onstage, while moving through the visual space of the lobby and into the lyrical space of the opera, the audience too participates in the taking of Lucretia’s tale and making it their own.
- The Suicide of Lucretia, Lucas Cranach The Elder
- Lucretia, Master of the Holy Blood
- Tarquin and Lucretia, Titian
- Tarquin and Lucretia, Tintoretto
- Tarquinius and Lucretia, Hans von Aachen
- Lucretia, Artemisia Gentileschi
- The Rape of Lucretia, Artemisia Gentileschi
- Tarquin and Lucretia, Peter Paul Rubens
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