Sebastiano Ricci: 6 works

A slideshow of artworks auto-selected from multiple collections

By Google Arts & Culture

The Fall of the Rebel Angels (c. 1720) by Ricci, SebastianoDulwich Picture Gallery

'His patrons included Queen Anne and Lord Burlington. Ricci, described by an English contemporary as ""a lusty man, inclinable to fat"", is said to have left England in disgust when the commission to decorate St. Paul's was given to James Thornhill, a native Protestant.'

Tarquin the Elder Consulting Attus Navius (Front)The J. Paul Getty Museum

'Effectively employing the usual Roman Baroque sense of dramatic light and color, he adopted Giovanni Battista Gaulli's strong, rather hot colors for the costumes and the sky.'

The Death of Seneca (recto); Study of a Man (verso) (about 1705) by Sebastiano RicciThe J. Paul Getty Museum

'Sebastiano Ricci's depiction of the pivotal moment in this episode likely served as a preparatory study for a painting.'

The Battle of the Lapiths and Centaurs (1705/1710) by Sebastiano RicciHigh Museum of Art

'Sebastiano Ricci helped revitalize Venetian art at the beginning of the eighteenth century by adopting the luminous, richly colored style of Paolo Veronese and making it looser and more spontaneous, as seen in The Battle of the Lapiths and Centaurs.'

Perseus Confronting Phineus with the Head of Medusa (Main View)The J. Paul Getty Museum

'Ricci used strong diagonals and active poses to suggest energetic movement.'

Triumph of the Marine Venus (about 1713) by Sebastiano RicciThe J. Paul Getty Museum

'Sebastiano Ricci used an array of flesh tones to describe and model the playful, graceful figures, from the reddish-brown tanned skin of the athletic men to the light brownish-peach skin of the cherub blowing a conch shell in the lower right-hand corner and the even lighter flesh of the women.'

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