Oil painting on canvas, Venus descending from her Swan-drawn Chariot by Ubaldo Gandolfi (San Matteo della Decima 1728 - Ravenna 1781), previously 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.
For a festive carriage for 'Senatore Marescalchi' [not (too young) Count Ferdinando Marescalchi (1754 - 1816)] of Bologna; with the Arcade Gallery (Paul Wengraf), London, around 1957 as The Birth of Venus; bequeathed by Mrs Ellett (widow of the purchaser) (1994/2001)
Makers and roles
Ubaldo Gandolfi (San Matteo della Decima 1728 - Ravenna 1781), artist
Gaetano Gandolfi (Emilia Romagna 1734- Bologna 1802)
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