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Diana and Her Dog

Object Details

Title:

Diana and Her Dog

Artist/Maker:

Sebastiano Ricci (Italian, 1659 - 1734)

Culture:

Italian

Date:

1717–1720

Medium:

Oil on canvas

Object Number:

78.PA.230

Dimensions:

74 × 55.6 cm (29 1/8 × 21 7/8 in.)

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Object Description

Rather than being engaged in a heroic mythological story, Diana, goddess of the moon, simply rests languidly in a world of her own. Lost in thought as her greyhound nuzzles her arm, she has removed her garment and seems spent from a long day of hunting.

Sebastiano Ricci characteristically employed this graceful, elongated figure type and lively brushwork, but the muted palette, modest dimensions, and reflective tone are unusual for him. Perhaps he restrained his normally bold colors here because he depicted Diana at dusk. This painting shows his transition to a more Rococo style of pastel colors and a lighter touch, leaving behind his earlier Baroque compositions with their dramatic gestures, bold colors, and serious subject matter.

Provenance
Provenance
- 1929

Rea Cecil, sold to Leicester Galleries, Ernest Brown & Phillips, December 1929.
Source: Leicester Galleries, Ernest Brown & Phillips, London records.

1929 - 1936

The Leicester Galleries, Ernest Brown & Phillips (London, England), sold to Thorsten Laurin, January 1936.
Source: Leicester Galleries, Ernest Brown & Phillips, London records.

1936 - 1954

Thorsten Laurin, Swedish, 1875 - 1954 (Stockholm, Sweden), probably by inheritance to his daughter, Elizabeth (Laurin) Cederschiöld, 1954.
Source: Leicester Galleries, Ernest Brown & Phillips, London records.

1954 - 1970

Elizabeth (Laurin) Cederschiöld, Swedish, 1923 - 2015 [sold, Sotheby's, London, June 24, 1970, lot 3, to J. Paul Getty.]
Source: GRI, Photo Archive, Sotheby’s annotated photo.

1970 - 1976

J. Paul Getty, American, 1892 - 1976 (Malibu, California; Sutton Place, Surrey, England), upon his death, held in trust by his estate.

1976 - 1978

Estate of J. Paul Getty, American, 1892 - 1976, distributed to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1978.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
La Serenissima: Eighteenth-Century Venetian Art from North American Collections (September 9, 2010 to January 2, 2011)
  • Oklahoma City Museum of Art (Oklahoma City), September 9, 2010 to January 2, 2011
Bibliography
Bibliography

Sotheby's, London. Important Old Master Paintings. June 24, 1970, pp. 6-7, lot 3, ill.

Daniels, Jeffrey. Sebastiano Ricci (Hove: Wayland Publishers, 1976), p. 41, no. 117, fig. 101.

Daniels, Jeffrey. L'Opera completa di Sebastiano Ricci (Milan: Rizzoli, 1976), p. 103, no. 175, ill.

Daniels, Jeffrey. "Sebastiano Ricci in England." In Atti del congresso internazionale di studi su Sebastiano Ricci e il suo tempo (Milan: Electa, 1976), p. 78.

Jaffé, David. Summary Catalogue of European Paintings in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997), p. 106, ill.

Scarpa, Annalisa. Sebastiano Ricci (Milan: Bruno Alfieri Editore, 2006), pp. 233, 612, no. 257, fig. 541.

Zuffi, Stefano. Amore ed erotismo (Milan: Electa, 2008), pp. 208-9, ill.

George, Hardy, et al. La Serenissima: Eighteenth-Century Venetian Art from North American Collections, exh. cat. (Oklahoma City: Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 2010), p. 69, under no. 16, entry by Jon L. Seydl; pp. 70-71, 192, no. 17, ill., entry by Jon L. Seydl.

Zuffi, Stefano. Love and the Erotic in Art. Stephen Sartarelli, trans. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2010), pp. 208-9, ill.

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