"Ariadne abandoned by Theseus" circa 1800

Neoclassical Italian grand tour fan project page
Neoclassical Italian grand tour fan project page

"Ariadne abandoned by Theseus" circa 1800

5,000.00

A mithological subject is an unusual theme for this talented artist, whose work traditionally has been handed down only through gouaches with Roman motives created for travellers on the so-called Grand Tour of Italy in the 19th century. Yet numerous details and technical parallels point to his hand. The typical beaded edge around the central image sections, a special colour scheme, and the incomparably fanciful variety of the Neo-Pompeian decorations indicate Tommaso Bigatti’s hand. Both the selection of particular fine parchment and the excellent gouache painting can be found in all the artist’s known works as well. The central motif in the oval shows Ariadne on the beach of the island Naxos, from which her unfaithful lover Theseus has just departed; she pines over the disappearance of his boat into the distance. On both sides gotesque decorations, frame this picture, and lead the viewer’s eye to the central image

A fan project page, Gouache over pencil, heightened with gum arabic on vellum.

Attributed to Tommaso Bigatti active in Rome circa 1820s. Within an antique giltwood frame.

Very good condition commensurate with age.

 

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