• Perseus and Andromeda

    Artist:
    Mengs, Anton Raphael. 1728-1779
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    227x153,5 cm

Mengs, Anton Raphael. 1728-1779

Perseus and Andromeda

Germany, 1778

The Hermitage possesses a collection of works by Mengs, which ranks with the best collections in the world, painted during different periods of his career. The greatest of these works is ‘Perseus and Andromeda’ based on Ovid's ‘Metamorphoses’, which was exhibited in the Palazzo Barberini in Rome in 1777, to the delight of spectators. In his quest for perfect artistic forms Mengs turned to Classical heritage: this work was inspired by a classical cameo (now on display in the Hermitage) which belonged to the artist’s wife. The statue of Apollo Belvedere served as a model for the figure of Perseus, while that of Andromeda was borrowed from a classical relief in the Villa Pamphili in Rome. The orderliness of the composition, perfect draftsmanship, the masterful sculptural modeling of the figures and the majestic rhetorical gesture of the central figure - by all accounts the work was composed according to the academic canons of Neoclassicism, of which Mengs was a devout adherent.

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Perseus and Andromeda

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oil

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227x153,5 cm

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Formerly in the collection of Catherine the Great

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ГЭ-1328

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