Diana and Callisto, Sebastiano Ricci

Diana and Callisto, Sebastiano Ricci
Diana and Callisto, Sebastiano Ricci - 1

  • Posted by Sebastiano Ricci
  • Museum: Academy Gallery
  • Year: 1712-1716

Overview of the painting :

Diana and Callisto – Sebastiano Ricci. 1712-1716. Oil on canvas. 64×76
   The bathing of Diana, which in the 3rd century BC. e. was identified with the goddess of the Moon, the sister of the solar Apollo, dedicated to the cycle of compositions. The Titian canvas on this plot was widely popular. The virgin hunter was surrounded by her breastplates, chaste nymphs. One of them, Callisto (which means “beautiful than everyone”), was seduced by the supreme Olympian Zeus.

   It is clear that for Sebastiano Ricci (1659-1734), an outstanding Venetian artist, the founder of Rococo, the episode with the discovery of the pregnancy of beautiful nymphs was an occasion for the admiration of the sensual charm of beauties. Their naked bodies, shown from different angles, create an exquisite pattern in the central part of the canvas. The elegance of the pose stands out by the great goddess-hunter (her attributes are demonstrated – a spear in the hand, a dog at the feet).

   Researchers chosen here are inclined to attribute the sophistication of female physique to the influence of English painting on Ricci during his stay in London. During the period of work on the canvas, he and his nephew Marco painted Burlington House (today – Royal Academy of Arts). In the landscape (and this is a sign of a new style), the forms seem to dissolve by weightless light, vibrating smears. That is how the decorative component of Rococo was affirmed.