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The composition is freely and dynamically executed, in an arrangement resembling a theatrical set, with the rich palette (cerulean, golden yellow, ivory and various shades of green) illustrating Ricci’s stated pictorial ideal: clear beauty and luminous colour. The tanned, athletic body of young Medor and the graceful, white shape of Angelica are skillfully associated with the two tree trunks, dominating central stage, seemingly emerging from the same roots: the powerful oak, covered with brown bark and a lithe birch tree, alight with golden and silver reflexes. ©Dana Roxana Hrib, European Art Gallery Guidebook, Second edition, Sibiu 2011.

Details

  • Title: Medor and Angelica
  • Creator: SEBASTIANO RICCI
  • Date: ca. 1716
  • Physical Dimensions: w110 x h87.5 cm (without frame)
  • Artist Biography: A Venetian painter of the Late Baroque and an older contemporary of Tiepolo, Sebastiano Ricci studied under Frederico Cerebri in Venice; certain specialists consider his first teacher to have been Sebastiano Mazzoni. Ricci made a name for himself, especially as a painter of frescoes, and his style foreshadows the vigorous luminosity of Cortona. ©Dana Roxana Hrib, European Art Gallery Guidebook, Second edition, Sibiu 2011.
  • Provenance: Brukenthal National Museum
  • Type: painting
  • Medium: oil on canvas

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