ERCOLE GRAZIANI THE YOUNGER
(Bologna 1688 - 1765)
THE JUDGMENT OF PARIS
oil on canvas
36⅝ by 29 in.; 92.9 by 73.6 cm.
The canvas appears to be thinly lined with an old lining and is stable on its stretcher. The painting reads clearly beneath the varnish, though it is loosely rendered and may be slightly dirty in some areas. There are some darkened shadows and details that have lost some definition, for example in the standing figure at left and in the background, and there are a few very small spots of loss, such as in the arm of standing figure at center. There has been a more recent campaign of restoration, much of which is visible to the naked eye. For example, there is some loosely applied restoration in the lower left quadrant, such as around the dog, in the shadows in and around the seated figure of Paris at left, in the fabric of standing figure at right, and an area in the center of the upper sky, possibly to address old losses or repairs. There are some more finely applied strokes of cosmetic retouches in the figures and scattered spots in the background and sky. UV light further reveals these aforementioned retouches. The painting is offered unframed.
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First training with Lodovico Mattioli and then with Donato Creti in the house of Alessandro Fava in Bologna, Ercole Graziani established his career by the late 1720s and served as director of the Accademia Clemintina in 1727. Though well known for his large altarpieces, it is in his smaller scale works such as the present painting that Graziani's signature blending of Bolognese academicism with graceful forms and Venetian coloring is on full display.