Neptune and Amphitrite by Sebastiano Ricci

Neptune and Amphitrite by Sebastiano Ricci

Painting by Italian artist Sebastian Ricci “Neptune and Amphitrite”. The size of the painting is 94 x 75 cm, oil on canvas. In the years 1685-1687 Sebastiano Ricci painted the oratory of the church Madonna del Serrallo near Parma as an independent artist; the elegant classicizing forms of Renaissance painting are combined in this mural of Ricci with a velvety and nuanced color that goes back to the work of Correggio.

In 1678, the negligence of a young artist led to an unwanted pregnancy of his girlfriend, and ultimately to greater scandal. Ricci was accused of trying to poison a young pregnant woman to avoid marriage.

Imprisoned, Sebastiano Ricci was released only after the intervention of a nobleman, a member of an influential Pisani family. Later in 1691, Ricci married the mother of his child, although it was difficult to call this marriage a union sealed in heaven.

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