The Triumph of Venus

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The Triumph of Venus


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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At the right, Venus, the goddess of love, rides in a processional chariot, assisted by blindfolded putti. Nymphs, satyrs, and other figures run, blow trumpets, or lie in languid poses on the ground. In the background, ghost-like figures swirl or lounge in front of an eerie landscape. Alessandro Magnasco painted his figures with nervous brushstrokes, adding an electric energy to the uninhibited revelry taking place amid elaborate ancient ruins.

Magnasco probably painted this canvas and its pendant, Bacchanale, while in Milan early in his career. His collaborator Clemente Spera probably painted the architectural views.

- 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 (London, England; 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. 6)
  • Artemis Fine Arts Ltd. (London)
Kunst in der Republik Genua, 1528-1815 (September 5 to November 8, 1992) (Cat. 113)
  • Schirn Kunsthalle (Frankfurt)

An exhibition of paintings by Fetti and Magnasco, exh. cat. (London: Artemis Fine Arts, with David Carritt Ltd., 1977), unpaginated, no. 6, ill.

Fredericksen, Burton B., Jiří Frel, and Gillian Wilson. Guidebook: The J. Paul Getty Museum. 4th ed. Sandra Morgan, ed. (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1978), p. 89.

Newcome, Mary. "Rezensionen: Fausta Franchini Guelfi, Alessandro Magnasco." Kunstchronik 32, no. 4. (April 1979), pp. 148, 159, fig. 4.

Fredericksen, Burton B. Masterpieces of Painting in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1980), unpaginated, under no. 21, ill.

Fredericksen, Burton B., et al. The J. Paul Getty Museum Guidebook. 5th ed. (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1980), p. 82.

Schwenk, Bernhart, Bettina-Martine Wolter, and Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt. Kunst in der Republik Genua, 1528-1815, exh. cat. (Frankfurt: Schirn Kunsthalle, 1992), p. 207, no. 113, fig. 114.

Muti, Laura, and Daniele de Sarno Prignano. Alessandro Magnasco (Ravenna: Edit Faenza, 1994), pp. 87-88, 168-69, 229, no. 168, pl. 28, 29 (detail), fig. 93 (detail).

Camesasca, Ettore and Marco Bona Castellotti. Alessandro Magnasco 1667-1749, exh. cat. (Milan: Palazzo Reale, with Electa, 1996), p. 206, ill.

Jaffé, David. Summary Catalogue of European Paintings in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997), p. 79, ill.

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