Medea

Corrado Giaquinto (Molfetta 1703 - Naples 1765)
National Trust Inventory Number 1530091

Category Paintings
Date circa 1750 - 1752
Materials Oil on canvas
Measurements 1626 x 1219 mm (64 x 48 in)
Place of origin
Collection Hinton Ampner, Hampshire (Accredited Museum)
Not on show

Summary description

Oil painting on canvas, Medea by Corrado Giaquinto (Molfetta 1703 - Naples 1765), circa 1750/52. Medea seated in a stormy landscape, holding a wand in her right hand, her two dead children at her feet to the right with a dog-headed serpent behind them. Temple in right background. The sorceress-princess of Colchis is shown with the corpses of Jason's two children whom she murdered in revenge for Jason's divorcing her to marry Glauce. Giaquinto was of south Italian origin, but spent most of his career in Rome and Spain. Two exquisite sketches by him have been acquired by the National Gallery.

Provenance

Purchased by Ralph Stawell Dutton (1898-1985), 8th and last Lord Sherborne, from Colnaghi in 1961 (acknowledged in a receipt dated 17 July 1961); bequeathed to the National Trust by Ralph Stawell Dutton, with the rest of the collections, house, gardens and estate of Hinton Ampner.

Makers and roles

Corrado Giaquinto (Molfetta 1703 - Naples 1765)

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Place of origin
Materials Canvas (9937)
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Category Paintings (12519)
Collection Hinton Ampner, Hampshire (Accredited Museum) (3350)
Periods 18th century (83793)
Maker Corrado Giaquinto (Molfetta 1703 - Naples 1765) (1)
Subjects
Object Type Oil painting (16488)

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