RICCI, Sebastiano
(b. 1659, Belluno, d. 1734, Venezia)

Venus and Satyr

1718-20
Oil on canvas, 102 x 126 cm
Szépművészeti Múzeum, Budapest

This picture presents the artist in what was perhaps in those days the most popular light: as a master in painting graceful nudes and picturesquely evocative mythological scenes. The rhythm of the lines, the lively fire of the colours show the mature Ricci as a follower of the finest Venetian traditions, the heritage of Titian and Veronese. On the strength of stylistic relationships the date of The Sleeping Venus most likely falls in the late 1710s. It is closest in style to the Bacchus and Ariadne in Milan, and we may assume it was painted shortly after Ricci's return from England.