Painting by Italian artist Sebastian Ricci “Infancy of Romulus and Rem.” The size of the painting is 185 x 170 cm, oil on canvas. The picture came to the Hermitage Museum in 1920 from the State Museum Fund; earlier the picture was kept in the palace-museum of Prince Yusupov.
The story about the upbringing of the founders of Rome, the twin brothers of Romulus and Remus, based on ancient sources, was quite popular in the art of Baroque and Rococo artists. In 1698, Ricci leaves Milan, returns to Venice and lives there intermittently for ten years, from time to time leaving the republic to fulfill another prestigious order. This period of the artist’s work marked a serious passion Ricci art of painting Veronese.
Some works of Sebastiano Ricci, created during this period of time, resemble grandiose multi-figure compositions of the great Venetian painter of the second half of the 16th century. For example, on August 24, 1700, Sebastiano Ricci finished writing a picture of more than five meters high, “St. Gregory the Great, bowing before the Virgin Mary” for the church of San Justin in Padua.