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The Rape of the Sabines
Raclin Murphy Museum of Art
The Snite drawing may be an early compositional study for a painting now in the Musée de Cambrai. It appears fully conceived and rendered, but there are significant differences between this work—with its compact and vertical arrangement—and the finished painting, which adopts a horizontal orientation and spreads the action more liberally across the picture plane.
from Snay, The Epic and the Intimate: French Drawings from the John D. Reilly Collection (Notre Dame, 2011)