Venus descending from her Swan-drawn Chariot

Ubaldo Gandolfi (San Matteo della Decima 1728 - Ravenna 1781)
National Trust Inventory Number 772285

Category Paintings
Date 1761 - 1769
Materials Oil on canvas
Measurements
Place of origin Italy
Collection Osterley Park and House, London (Accredited Museum)
On show at Osterley Park and House, London, London and South East, National Trust

Summary description

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.

Provenance

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) , artist

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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