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Marine Gods Paying Homage to Love

Object Details

Title:

Marine Gods Paying Homage to Love

Artist/Maker:

Eustache Le Sueur (French, 1616 - 1655)

Culture:

French

Date:

about 1636–1638

Medium:

Oil on canvas

Object Number:

72.PA.21

Dimensions:

96.2 × 136.2 cm (37 7/8 × 53 5/8 in.)

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Object Description

Classically proportioned sea gods and goddesses, partially clad in intensely colored drapery, form a dramatic procession against a light blue sky. This painting illustrates an episode in Francesco Colonna's Hypnerotomachia Poliphili (Strife of Love in a Dream of Polyphilus), an extravagant Renaissance tale of a dream-journey through antiquity. To the left, the lovers Polyphilus and Polia are ferried to Cythera, the island of love. The sea goddess Amphitrite, reclining in a shell at the lower right, and Neptune, seated high on a shell and holding his triton, watch the boat depart from amid a crowd of figures.

Although it was first published in 1499, Colonna's book enjoyed immense popularity in seventeenth-century France. Marine Gods Paying Homage to Love is one of Eustache Le Sueur's eight canvases illustrating the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili; it was painted as a model for a Gobelins tapestry that was never executed.

Provenance
Provenance
about 1645 -

Alexandre de Comans, died 1650 (France)

- 1970

Château de Sauvage [sold, Château de Sauvage sale, Lelievre, Leux, France, October 18, 1970, lot G34, to Heim Gallery.]

1970 - 1972

Heim Gallery (Paris) (Paris, France), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1972.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Baroque Masters from the J. Paul Getty Museum (February 26 to March 30, 1973)
  • California State University (Northridge), February 26 to March 30, 1973
France in the Golden Age: French Paintings of the 17th Century in American Collections (January 29 to November 28, 1982)
  • Galeries nationales du Grand Palais (Paris), January 29 to April 30, 1982
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), May 26 to August 22, 1982
  • The Art Institute of Chicago, September 18 to November 28, 1982
Eustache Le Sueur (March 18 to July 3, 2000)
  • Musée de Grenoble, March 18 to July 3, 2000
Bibliography
Bibliography

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