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

Ubaldo Gandolfi (San Matteo della Decima 1728 - Ravenna 1781)

Category

Art / Oil paintings

Date

1761 - 1769

Materials

Oil on canvas

Place of origin

Italy

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Collection

Osterley Park and House, London (Accredited Museum)

On show at

Osterley Park, London, London and South East, National Trust

NT 772288

Summary

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 goddess, 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 (Vulcan) by Zeus (Jupiter) accompanied by Hera (Juno), 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) but probably his father Vincenzo Antonio Maria Marescalchi (1701-1793) of Bologna]; with the Arcade Gallery (Paul Wengraf), London, around 1957; a pendant to what was called The Birth of Venus (NT 772285); 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 Vicenza 1987 Neri Pozza Vicenza, I Gandolfi: Ubaldo, Gaetano, Mauro, disegni e dipinti, 1987

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