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Salmacis and Hermaphrodite

Francesco Albani17th century

Dulwich Picture Gallery

Dulwich Picture Gallery
London, United Kingdom

The story is from Ovid's Metamorphoses IV. Spying on Hermaphroditus as he bathes, the nymph Salmacis is consumed with passion; later she captures him in her embrace and their bodies become one - half-male, half-female. This is one of a number of studio variants based on an original by Albani in the Louvre and is especially close to an example in the Galleria Sabauda, Turin.

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  • Title: Salmacis and Hermaphrodite
  • Date: 17th century
  • Physical Dimensions: w740 x h606 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil
  • Work Notes: A copy of the original was in the Turin gallery in 1880; engraved in 'La Reale Galleria di Torino illustrata da Roberto d'Azeglio', Torino, 1836, i, fig. xxi, pp. 134-7.From GPI:Catalogue No. Br-68Last Modified 1 May 1987Lot Sale Date 1801/12/12Sale Begin Date 1801/12/11Sale End Date 1801/12/12Lugt Number 6339Auct.House Auth Christie'sSale Location LondonLot Number 0066Verbatim Artist AlbanoArtist Authority ALBANI, FRANCESCONationality ItalianTitle Salmacis and HermaphroditeVerbatim Seller SladeSeller Authority Slade, Thomas MooreTransaction SoldPrice £1.7Verbatim Buyer TassaertBuyer Authority Tassaert, Philippe JosephPost Sales 1803/06/06 LOCH (0031)Post Sales 1810/05/04 LOCH (0075)Post Sales [?] 1810/12/29 LOCH (0081)Catalogue No. Br-201Last Modified 27 May 1987Lot Sale Date 1803/06/06Sale Begin Date 1803/06/06Sale End Date 1803/06/07Lugt Number 6650Auct.House Auth Christie'sSale Location LondonLot Number 0031Verbatim Artist AlbanoArtist Authority ALBANI, FRANCESCONationality ItalianTitle Salmacis and HermaphroditusVerbatim Seller TassaertSeller Authority Tassaert, Philippe JosephTransaction SoldPrice £1.13Verbatim Buyer Caleb WhitefoordBuyer Authority Whitefoord, CalebPrevious Sales 1801/12/12 LOCH (0066)Post Sales 1810/05/04 LOCH (0075)Post Sales [?] 1810/12/29 LOCH (0081)Catalogue No. Br-758Last Modified 31 May 1988Lot Sale Date 1810/05/04Sale Begin Date 1810/05/04Sale End Date 1810/05/05Lugt Number 7772Auct.House Auth Christie'sSale Location LondonLot Number 0075Verbatim Artist AlbanoArtist Authority ALBANI, FRANCESCONationality ItalianTitle Salmacis and HermophraditusHandwritten Note 32 3/4 [i.e. 3 x 2 3/4]Hand.Note Source AAPDimensions [2 3/4 h x 3 w]Verbatim Seller Caleb WhitefoordSeller Authority Whitefoord, CalebTransaction SoldPrice £8.8Verbatim Buyer SymmonsBuyer Authority Simmons
  • Work Nationality: Italian
  • Support: Canvas
  • Studio of: Albani, Francesco
  • Provenance: London, Sir Francis Bourgeois, 1811; Bourgeois Bequest, 1811.
  • Acquisition Method: Bourgeois, Sir Peter Francis (Bequest, 1811)

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