Lucrezia Borgia by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

The full-length figure in a sumptuous white and gold dress is washing her hands in a basin after preparing a poison draft for her husband Alphonso, Duke of Bisceglia.


Pencil & watercolour on paper
44 x 26 cm
Acquired in:
Presented by:
Rae family through The Art Fund

In a circular mirror is a reflection of Alphonso on crutches, being walked about the room by Pope Alexander IV, as Rossetti said, 'to settle the poison well into his system.'


Collection of Mr F R Leyland, but Rosetti took it back to repaint the figure of Lucretia. Purchased by G Rae in 1874.