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PROPERTY OF A NOBLEMAN FROM VILLA MONTEVERDE, SPAIN

A set of four Italian paintings on glass depicting the four Elements, after Louis de Boullogne the Younger, Venice late 18th century
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PROPERTY OF A NOBLEMAN FROM VILLA MONTEVERDE, SPAIN

A set of four Italian paintings on glass depicting the four Elements, after Louis de Boullogne the Younger, Venice late 18th century
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A set of four Italian paintings on glass depicting the four Elements, after Louis de Boullogne the Younger, Venice late 18th century
within later giltwood frames
each: 52cm. high, 66cm. wide; 1ft. 8¼in., 2ft. 2in.
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Provenance

Sotheby's London, Paintings, Furniture and Works of Art from the collection of Gianni Versace Villa Fontanelle, Moltrasio, 18 March 2009, lot 216

Literature

Related literature:

H. Guicharnaud, “Le Quartre Eléments de Louis de Boulogne: etudes préparatoires,” in Revue du Louvre, No. 4, 1985, pp. 265-274

Catalogue Note

The composition is after a series of four paintings by Louis de Boullogne the Younger (Paris, 1654-1733) representing the Elements and which had become known throughout Europe thanks to engravings by Charles Depuis (Air in 1718 and Earth in 1721) and Louis Desplaces (Fire in 1717 and Water in 1718). A version by Boullogne of Fire, or Venus in the Forge of Vulcan, sold Sotheby's New York, The Courts of Europe, 30 January 2014, lot 118.

Earth, represents the triumph of Cybele, seated between Bacchus and Ceres on a chariot drawn by two lions and surrounded by maidens, satyrs and putti. Fire shows Venus seated on a cloud and accompanied by the Three Graces and Cupid, ordering Vulcan to make arms for her son Aeneas (Aeneid, VIII, 365-396). Water represents Neptune on a horse-drawn scallop-shell with a nymph, surrounded by further tritons and nymphs. Finally, Air shows Juno asking Aeolus to unleash the winds against Aeneas' fleet (Aeneid, I, 54-85).

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