The Triumph of Venus

Object Details

Title:

The Triumph of Venus

Artist/Maker(s):

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

Culture:

Italian

Date:

about 1720 - 1730

Medium:

Oil on canvas

Dimensions:

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.

Provenance
- about 1940

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

about 1940 - 1977

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

1977 - 1978

Newhouse Galleries (London, England; New York, New York)

1977 - 1978

and Artemis Fine Arts Ltd. (London, England; New York, New York), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1978.

Exhibitions
An Exhibition of Paintings by Fetti and Masgnasco (1977) (5 and 6)
  • Artemis Fine Arts Ltd., (London), 1977
Kunst in der Republik Genua, 1528-1815 (September 5 to November 8, 1992) (5 and 6)
  • Schirn Kunsthalle (Frankfurt), September 5 to November 8, 1992
Bibliography

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

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 1st ed. (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1986), p. 93.

Fredericksen, Burton B. Masterpieces of Painting in the J. Paul Getty Museum. Rev. ed. (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1988), unpaginated, no. 14, 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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