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Aurora and the Hours with the Chariot of the Sun (1)

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The Victoria and Albert Museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum

Classical mythology inspired many 18th-century fans. This one carries the image of ‘Aurora and the Hours with the Chariot of the Sun’. It is based on a fresco by Guido Reni from the Casino Rospigliosi in Rome, painted in 1614. The artist has faithfully translated the large scale of Reni's painting and delicately reproduced it on the fan leaf. The result demonstrates the Italian genius for fine fan painting using the pointillist (dots of colour) technique. You can see the dramatic sculptural form, exaggerated movement and gesture associated with Baroque painting even in this reduced scale.

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  • Title: Aurora and the Hours with the Chariot of the Sun (1)
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1775/1784
  • Location: Italy
  • Physical Dimensions: Length: 11.5 in taken from register, not object, Width: 19 in taken fro register, not object
  • Medium: Watercolour on vellum, with carved ivory sticks and guards

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