Zeus with Hera expelling Hephaestus (previously called Zeus with Cybele expelling Chronos)

Ubaldo Gandolfi (San Matteo della Decima 1728 - Ravenna 1781)
National Trust Inventory Number 772288

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, Zeus with Hera expelling Hephaestus (previously called Zeus with Cybele expelling Chronos) by Ubaldo Gandolfi (San Matteo della Decima 1728 - Ravenna 1781), previously catalogued as by Gaetano Gandolfi (Emilia Romagna 1734- Bologna 1802), 1761/69. A naked Zeus, with eagle and thunderbolt with his left foot on the back of a naked boy, Zeus's right hand holds the hand of a gioddess, dressed in a plain white dress; putti hold the leg of the falling male figure. This is, as related in Homer's Iliad (1.590) the expulsion of Hephaestus by Zeus accompanied by Hera, gesturing to three gold crowns being held up by putti, whom her son was trying to stop her quarreling with the god.

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

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Periods 18th century (86079)
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