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Bacchus and Ariadne

Artist: Carlo Maratti (1625 - 1713)
Date: ca. 1680
17th century
Dimensions: 47 x 65 in. (119.38 x 165.1 cm)
Dimensions Extent: unframed
Object Type: Painting
Creation Place: Europe, Italy
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: On loan from a private collection
Accession Number: L2016.07.01
On View: Bellarmine Hall Galleries

A painter, draftsman, and printmaker, Carlo Maratti was one of the most famous artists in Rome during the second half of the seventeenth century. Maratti, like many other artists of his day, learned his craft by drawing – studying and copying works of art by contemporaries like Guido Reni and revered Renaissance artists like Raphael (d. 1520), as well as great works from classical antiquity that were available in Rome. Although he specialized in large devotional paintings that satisfied the taste of Counter-Reformation patrons, Maratti also painted a number of mythological canvases such as this one for highly-sophisticated patrons and collectors.


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