Diana and Acteon Francesco Solimena
Diana and Acteon Francesco Solimena
Diana and Acteon Francesco Solimena
Diana and Acteon Francesco Solimena
Diana and Acteon Francesco Solimena

Diana and Acteon Francesco Solimena

18th century Napoli Italia

Offered by Riccardo Moneghini

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According to the myth, during a hunt, Atteone provoked Diana's anger when he surprised her while she was bathing with her companions in the shadow of the Gargafia forest. The summer heat, in fact, led her to put away her clothes and cool off interrupting the hunt.

The goddess, to prevent the hunter from uttering a word about what he had seen, turned the young man into a deer by spraying water on his face.
Actaeon noticed his transformation only when he escaped he came to a spring, where he could look at himself in the water.

Meanwhile, the hunter was joined by his 50 dogs, made furious by Artemis, who, not recognizing him, tore up their old master. The dogs, once devoured by Atteone, set off in search of their master throughout the forest, filling it with painful lamentations. Later they came to the cave of Chiron, who gave them an image of their master to ease their pain.

Francesco Solimena, also called L'Abate Ciccio, was a famous Italian painter of the late Baroque current. He was influenced, in his way of conceiving art, by Luca Giordano for creative and very scenic painting and Mattia Preti.

Francesco's passion for painting was stimulated by Cardinal Pietro Francesco Orsini, then Pope Benedict XIII, who was dazzled by Francesco's artistic skills during his stay in Nocera Inferiore.
In the '80s of the' 600 the painting of Solimena began to change and to characterize: from naturalism Francesco goes to the Baroque.

Although Francesco Solimena was very attracted by the Baroque current, his naturalistic spirit that had characterized his youthful painting was soon to re-emerge; this union of two currents of thought so distant from each other was the strong point in the mature age of Solimena himself.

This canvas is masterfully painted by Francesco Solimena (Canale di Serino 1657 - Barra 1747) at the height of his career and his style around the end of the seventeenth / early eighteen century where it is clear that Francesco, despite being attracted by the currents of the Baroque, its naturalist spirit still emerges in the powerful volumetric construction of the bodies of the protagonists wisely dosed with a soft almost soft color that permeates the whole composition.

Measures 110 x 130 without frame
125 x 145 with frame.

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Mr. Riccardo Moneghini
Old Master Paintings Expert - Court Expert
excellent state of conservation
Napoli, private collection
Height 110.00 cm (43.31 inches)
Width 130.00 cm (51.18 inches)
External Height 125.00 cm (49.21 inches)
External Width 145.00 cm (57.09 inches)
Stock Code
oil on canvas
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