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(Circle of) Francois Lemoyne
French 18th Century Oil On Canvas Painting Nude Woman Andromeda



This very fine rectangular oil on canvas is an old master painting depicting a naked woman in chains dressed only in pink, white and golden drapes that descend from her left shoulder, closed by a big red ruby jewel. Her long blonde loose hair is adorned with a crown of pearls. The nude woman is recognizable in the female figure of Andromeda, offered as a sacrifice to the marine monster, as descript in the original ancient poem. Andromeda, daughter of Cepheus and Cassiopea, attached to a rock on the walls of Philistia with chains waits to be saved by her beloved Perseus that will kill the sea monster who want to devour her. This high quality oil on canvas painting was probably painted by a follower of the famous painter Francois Lemoyne . The original version of this French painter is exposed at the Wallace Collection Museum in London. Our oil on canvas was probably commissioned by a private client who was particularly attracted by the sensuality of the girl or perhaps by the action of the scene, that’s why our work of art is entirely focused on Andromeda. In the original version in fact (Wallace Collection, London) the maximum of the tension is represented in the fast and powerful motion of Perseus. In order to create a single work (or a couple presumably) some differences have been made on the background compared to the Lemoyne’s painting; in this way more attention is given to the drama of Andromeda. The faithful reproduction claims the sensibility of the author in recognizing the influence that inspired Lemoyne in this work. Both the chromatic tonality and the colors used, together with Andromeda’s somatic features, recall to the Venetian and Roman pictorial techniques. The work is on the original canvas, perfectly preserved and shows slight restoration's sign just on the right side at the edge of the frame. Mid-Century Modern Black lacquer and giltwood frame with foliate details. Literature Dreamers and Academics. Exhibition Catalogue. London: Louise Whitford Gallery/David Hughes, 1981. Evans, Bruce H., Gerald M.Ackerman, and Richard Ettinghausen The Wallace Collection's Pictures : A Complete Catalogue, London: The Trustees of the Wallace Collection Duffy, S., and Hedley, J., , 2004 The Wallace Collection Catalogue of Pictures III, London: The Trustees of The Wallace Collection Ingamells, J., , 1985, pp. 248-250 François Le Moyne and his Generation J.-L. Bordeaux, , 1984, p.90, no.44, and fig.39 'Inventaire des biens meubles et papiers de François Lemoyne'J. Guiffroy, , dans Nouvelles Archives de l'Art Français, Paris, 1877, p. 206. Les peintres français du XVIIIème siècle L. Dimier, , Paris et Bruxelles, 1928, pp. 67 et 87, no. 48 François Lemoyne and his generation J.L Bordeaux, 1688-1737, Neuilly, 1984, p.918. Gazette de l'Hôtel Drouot, 20 novembre 1996, illustré. Measures: Height 170 cm (66.9 in); Width 110 cm (43.3 in); Unframed: Height 152 cm, Width 77 cm. Please find out our flat rate shipping quote that includes professional packaging, crate and door to door consignment.


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    (Circle of) Francois Lemoyne
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    The work is on the original canvas, perfectly preserved and shows slight restoration's sign just on the right side at the edge of the frame that doesn't affect the central part of the canvas.
  • Dimensions
    H 66.93 in. x W 43.31 in. x D 1.97 in.H 170 cm x W 110 cm x D 5 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Firenze, IT
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    Galleria Antonio Esposito di Chiara Esposito
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