Object Details




Alessandro Magnasco (Italian (Genoese), 1667 - 1749)




about 1720 - 1730


Oil on canvas


118.1 x 148.6 cm (46 1/2 x 58 1/2 in.)

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Nymphs and satyrs participate in an ancient pagan feast celebrating Bacchus, the god of wine. Twisting, dancing, singing, and playing musical instruments, the small figures engage in unrestrained revelry at odds with the staid background of classical ruins. The dancing figures convey a sense of irrationality, as if the classical statuary had come alive to re-live the bacchanalian rituals of the past.

Alessandro Magnasco used monochromatic colors for his painting, adding blue accents to represent swirling drapery. He created figures using quick, agitated strokes of paint with daubs of white for highlights. Magnasco made this painting and its pendant, The Triumph of Venus, in Milan early in his career. His collaborator Clemente Spera probably painted the architectual ruins.

- about 1940

German Consul General (possibly Canada), possibly sold to The University Club of Toronto, about 1940.

about 1940 - 1977

The University Club of Toronto (Toronto, Canada), sold to Artemis Fine Arts Ltd., and Newhouse Galleries, 1977.

1977 - 1978

Artemis Fine Arts Ltd. (London, England; New York, New York)

1977 - 1978

and Newhouse Galleries (New York, New York), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1978.

An Exhibition of Paintings by Fetti and Masgnasco (November 16 to December 20, 1977) (Cat. 5)
  • Artemis Fine Arts Ltd., (London)
Kunst in der Republik Genua, 1528-1815 (September 5 to November 8, 1992) (Cat. 113)
  • Schirn Kunsthalle (Frankfurt)
Alessandro Magnasco 1667-1749 (March 21 to July 7, 1996) (Cat. 53)
  • Palazzo Reale (Milano)