THE SABINE WOMEN
The Abduction of the Sabine Women by Nicolas Poussin
This painting hangs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. It was painted by Nicolas Poussin c. 1635. In it, you can see Romulus, the founder of Rome, in red in the upper left of the painting. He oversees the abduction.
To hear more about the story of the stealing of the Sabine women in early Roman history, you can watch a video that will tell you more about the history/legend behind the painting here.
The Rape of the Sabine Women by Peter Paul Rubens
This painting is much more muted but it tells the same story. It was painted by Rubens at about the same time that Poussin painted his Sabine Women, around 1635. This story and others from ancient Roman history have inspired great artists throughout the centuries.