571
571
Giovanni Antonio Pellegrini
ALEXANDER THE GREAT AND THALESTRIS, QUEEN OF THE AMAZONS
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 33,750 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
571
Giovanni Antonio Pellegrini
ALEXANDER THE GREAT AND THALESTRIS, QUEEN OF THE AMAZONS
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 33,750 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

A Venetian Legacy – An Italian Private Collection

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Giovanni Antonio Pellegrini
VENICE 1675 - 1741
ALEXANDER THE GREAT AND THALESTRIS, QUEEN OF THE AMAZONS

Provenance

Italico Brass, Venice, 1921;
Gatti-Casazza Collection, Venice.

Exhibited

Paris, Petit Palais, La peinture italienne au XVIIIe siècle, 1960–61, no. 6 (according to a label on the reverse);
Padua, Palazzo della Ragione, Antonio Pellegrini. Il maestro Veneto del Rococo alle corti d'Europa, 20 September 1998 – 10 January 1999, cat. no. 26.

Literature

R. Pallucchini, 'Modelli di Giannantonio Pellegrini', in Arte Veneta, VII, 1953, p.110, reproduced fig. 103;
C. Donzelli, Pittori veneti del Settecento, Florence 1957, p. 184;
K. Garas, 'Allegorie und Geschichte in der venezianischen Malerei des 18. Jahrhunderts', in Acta Historiae Artium, IX, 1965, p. 298;
G. Knox, Antonio Pellegrini 1675–1742, Oxford 1995, p. 260, cat. no. P.439;
A. Bettagno, in Antonio Pellegrini. Il maestro veneto del Rococo alle corti d'Europa, exh. cat., Padua 1998, p. 156, cat. no. 26;
F. Magani, Bozzetti, modelli e piccolo dipinti del Sei e Settecento Veneto, Padua 2008, pp. 22–25.

Catalogue Note

According to legend Thalestris, warrior Queen of the Amazons, brought three hundred followers to see Alexander with the aim of convincing him to father a child by her, and a race of warrior children for her followers. Their stay lasted thirteen days and nights, but the entire event was later dismissed as fictional by Alexander's biographers such as Plutarch. Knox notes the many similarities between this sketch and the larger finished canvas depicting Alexander with the body of Darius today in the Cassa di Risparmio in Padua, and suggests a similar dating to around 1706–07.1 He also suggests a possible alternative interpretation of the subject as a meeting between the third-century Palmyrene Queen Zenobia and the Emperor Aurelian.

1 Knox 1995 cat. no. P.337, reproduced plate 34.

A Venetian Legacy – An Italian Private Collection

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