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Diana and Endymion

Diana and Endymion c.1716

Sebastiano Ricci (1659–1734)

English Heritage, Kenwood

(bapt. Belluno, 1 Aug. 1659; d Venice, 15 May 1734). Italian decorative painter. He was born in the Veneto and is considered a member of the Venetian School, but before he settled permanently in Venice in 1717 he led a peripatetic life, working in numerous Italian cities and also in England, Flanders, France, and Germany. His unsettled existence is a reflection not only of the demand for his talents but also of his penchant for illicit love affairs, which often led to his having to move in haste, and once almost resulted in his execution. In view of this it is not surprising that his work is uneven and sometimes shows signs of carelessness, but he had a gift for vivid, fresh colouring, and his itinerant career was important in spreading knowledge of Italian decorative painting.

Text source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)


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