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Venus descending from her Swan-drawn Chariot

Gaetano Gandolfi (Emilia Romagna 1734- Bologna 1802)

Category

Art / Oil paintings

Date

1761 - 1769

Materials

Oil on canvas

Measurements

600 x 760 mm

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Collection

Osterley Park and House, London (Accredited Museum)

On show at

Dublin Castle, Ireland, External Locations

NT 772285

Summary

Oil painting on canvas, Venus descending from her Swan-drawn Chariot by Gaetano Gandolfi (Emilia Romagna 1734-Bologna 1802), 1761/69. Venus standing on a shell-chariot, a red cloak fluttering from her outstretched arms, alighting from her chariot drawn by two swans, her right hand on a black globe supported by cupids; the Three Graces in the background to the left, two chariot-pulling swans in the foreground.

Provenance

For a festive carriage for 'Senatore Marescalchi' [not (too young) Count Ferdinando Marescalchi (1754 - 1816) but probably his father Vincenzo Antonio Maria Marescalchi (1701-1793) of Bologna]; with the Arcade Gallery (Paul Wengraf), London, around 1957 as The Birth of Venus and a pendant to NT 772288; bequeathed by Mrs Ellett (widow of the purchaser) (1994/2001)

Makers and roles

Gaetano Gandolfi (Emilia Romagna 1734- Bologna 1802) , artist

Exhibition history

Making Majesty: Royals, Republicans and the Throne Room at Dublin Castle, Dublin Castle, Ireland, 2017 - 2018

References

Cazort 1993 Mimi Cazort, The Art of Embellishment: Drawings and Paintings by Gaetano and Mauro Gandolfi for a Festive Carriage, Record of the Art Museum, Princeton University, vol. 52, no. (1993), pp. 29-39

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