Mercury and Minerva presiding over the Arts
Andrea Casali (Rome 1705 - Rome 1784)
Mercury, the god of commerce, and Minerva, the goddess of wisdom, are shown presiding over figures representing the Seven Liberal Arts. This is one of five ceiling paintings at Dyrham Park by Andrea Casali. They were all painted for Alderman William Beckford (1709–1770), for his house, Fonthill Splendens, in Wiltshire. They were sold from Fonthill in 1801 and later installed in the ceiling of the Theatre Royal in Bath. Colonel George William Blathwayt (1797–1871) bought them for Dyrham Park in 1845.
Oil painting on canvas, Mercury and Minerva presiding over the Arts, by Andrea Casali (Rome 1705 - Rome 1784), early 1760s.
Dyrham Park, The Blathwayt Collection (acquired by the Ministry of Works via the National Land Fund in 1956, and transferred to the National Trust)
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Andrea Casali (Rome 1705 - Rome 1784), artist
Croft-Murray 1962-1970 Edward Croft-Murray, Decorative Painting in England, 1537 - 1837 (2 vols), 1962-1970, vol.II, p.182