Achilles takes leave of the Centaur Chiron
Giuseppe Marchesi, called Il Sansone (Bologna 1699 - Bologna 1771)
Oil painting on canvas, Achilles takes leave of the Centaur Chiron by Giuseppe Marchesi (Bologna 1699 - Bologna 1771), circa 1720. Previously catalogued as Ercole Graziani the younger (1688-1765), a fellow Bolognese with whose works his have until recently frequently been confused, this has been described as 'the masterpiece of Marchesi's early activity'. Chiron was the wisest of all the centaurs and was entrusted with the education of Achilles, Jason and Aesculapius.
Purchased by Ralph Stawell Dutton (1898–1985), 8th & last Lord Sherborne, from P. & D. Colnaghi Ltd (26 May 1962; £1, 700 as Ercole Graziani); bequeathed to the National Trust by Ralph Stawell Dutton, with the rest of the collections, house, gardens and estate of Hinton Ampner.
Hinton Ampner, The Ralph Dutton Collection (National Trust)
Makers and roles
Giuseppe Marchesi, called Il Sansone (Bologna 1699 - Bologna 1771) , artist previously catalogued as by Ercole Graziani the younger (1688-1765) , artist previously catalogued as by Donato Creti (Cremona 1671 - Bologna 1749), artist
Roli 1971 Renato Roli, 'Giuseppe Marchese', Paragone, XXII (1971), No.261, pp.16, 21, 22 and pl.27. Roli 1977 Renato Roli, Pittura Bolognese 1650-1800 Dal Cignani ai Gandolfi, Bolgna 1977, pp.103, 275, luus, 254b