Sebastiano Ricci painted Neptune and Amphitrite in Rome, after the wildest time of his life. He had eloped from Bologna to Turin with Magdalen, daughter of Giovanni Peruzzini, leaving wife and daughter behind, had been imprisoned, nearly executed, freed by the Duke of Parma, and installed in the Palazzo Farnese in Rome with a monthly salary of 25 crowns.

This was more than thirty years before Bathsheba, but it reminds me of Boucher as well. I guess the art of the Louis XV period owes a lot to Ricci, or the Venetian school in general.

One thought on “Sebastiano Ricci: Neptune and Amphitrite (1691–94)

  1. I agree. Bouche spent four years in Italy from 1727, so that he was able to see Ricci’s as well Amigoni’s or Pellegrini’s paintings.

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