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Sebastiano Ricci

56 Discovered works of art  •  ID: #4343
Baroque

Sebastiano Ricci was born on 1 August 1659, the son of Andreana and Livio Ricci in Belluno. He is considered one of the most important Venetian painters of his time and was distinguished by paintings of religious, mythological and historical motifs of antiquity. He usually left his background work to his nephew Marco Ricci (1676 - 1730), who understood landscapes better than Sebastiano Ricci himself, whose specialty was portraits. Ricci himself studied with Federico Cervelli (1625 - before 1700) and Sebastiano Mazzoni (1611 - 1678). Ricci was arrested in 1678 because he was accused of wanting to poison a young woman he had accidentally got pregnant to avoid a wedding. Ricci was released by the intervention of a nobleman, married the mother of his daughter and moved with both to Bologna, where he painted religious motifs as commissioned work. Ricci left his wife and daughter in 1688 to go to Turin with the daughter of painter Giovanni Peruzzini (1629-1694). He was again imprisoned and then released by the Duke of Parma, who hired him. After the death of the Duke, his protector, Ricci returned to Venice in 1698, where he lived for a decade. However, some of his work took him away from Venice. In 1701 he painted a fresco of the Resurrection in the Santi XII Apostoli in Rome and in 1702 he designed the dining room of Schönbrunn Palace.

Ricci's most important creative period is his time in Florence from 1706 to 1708 and the following three years in Venice. In this period of life emerged among others Venus takes a branch of Adonis, Madonna with Child and Moses rescued from the Nile. He was then hired by Lord Burlington (1694-1753) in London, for whom he painted the works Cupido and Jove, Bacchus meets Ariadne, Diana and Nymphs, Bacchus and Ariadne, Venus and Cupido, Diane and Endymion, and Cupido and Floran. It was followed by further commissioned work before Ricci and his nephew in 1716 went from London to Paris. Now a wealthy man Ricci returned to Venice in 1718, where he died in 1734. © Meisterdrucke

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