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Rape of the Sabine

Italian (Florence)
late 16th century
After Giambologna (Jean Boulogne) (Flemish (worked in Italy), 1529–1608)

Object Place: Europe, Florence, Italy

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic; gilded plaster

Not On View





Gilded stucco model after Giovanni da Bologna’s marble group in Florence. Hand missing from Sabine’s proper left arm.


Possibly Oscar Bondy (b. 1870 - d. 1944), Vienna and New York[see note]. 1971, sold by Blumka Gallery, New York, to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 14, 1971)

According to information provided at the time of acquisition. Attempts to identify the sculpture in inventories of Oscar Bondy's collection have not been successful.

With the Anschluss, or annexation of Austria to Nazi Germany in March, 1938, the possessions of Oscar and Elisabeth Bondy were seized and expropriated almost immediately by Nazi forces. Mr. Bondy and his wife left Europe and emigrated to the United States, where he passed away in 1944. In the years following World War II, much of his collection was restituted to his widow and subsequently sold on the New York art market, particularly through Blumka Gallery. For further on Oscar Bondy, see Sophie Lillie, Was einmal war: Handbuch der enteigneten Kunstsammlungen Wiens (Vienna, 2003), pp. 216-245.

Credit Line

Seth Kettell Sweeter Fund