Francesco Solimena was the leading Neapolitan artist in the ﬁrst quarter of the 18th c., combining the last throes of the Baroque with the new Academic style. In his depiction of Bacchus and Ariadne’s ﬁrst meeting dated to c. 1710, he elucidates the moment after Ariadne’s desertion by Theseus on the island of Naxos. As Theseus makes his departure, Bacchus and his troupe arrive promising Ariadne the stars themselves: the jeweled crown he has crafted for her has been thrown to the heavens, becoming the constellation onto which they will depart following their marriage. Gifts and luxuries are showered upon her by cherubs, fauns and nymphs: gold, coral and pearls. Ariadne dolefully, but curiously, inspects the items on offer as her drapery is tugged and tousled by the cherubs; the sailors on board Theseus’ boat permitted roles only as spectators to the scene as they set sail. The extremely high ﬁnish of this work may suggest that it was painted as a presentation piece or commission. Owing to the smooth, hard nature of his chosen medium, copper, Solimena was able to build a delicate melange of ﬁgures, textures and tones and this is particularly evident in the sumptuous drapery surrounding Ariadne, and the musculature of Bacchus. Now lost, a substantially larger, canvas of this composition existed and was last documented in Vienna in 1932. This work to circa 1710, during a period when Solimena’s work straddled both the Baroque and Academicism. A religious man, Francesco Solimena had originally taken clerical orders but was encouraged by the future Pope Benedict XIII, Vincenzo Orsini, to pursue an artistic career. Solimena came to dominate Neapolitan art at the end of the 17th c., and well into the 18th. He amassed a fortune running a studio in which Francesco de Mura, Corrado Giaquinto and even Allan Ramsay worked. Characterised by dynamism and drama his compositions tend to be set in loose and atmospheric conﬁnes, with the focus solely on the ﬁgures, their drapery and the theatre of chiaroscuro. #art#artistsoninstagram#painting#arthistory#18thcentury#italian#italianart#mythology#bacchus#ariadne#francescosolimena#baroque#rococo#myth#artlovers#instaart
Day 4 at Paris
Finally I visited Versailles! That's been for a very long time on my bucketlist. I was worrried that it would be too crowded, very long rows and no way I could take pictures. But the row was.. well first there was no row, only inside we had to wait a little bit. I didn't need an audioguide so I was even faster inside. In the castle self it was sometimes pushing and having patience but it went better than expected.
The best part was the Grand Trianon with the chambers of Marie-Antoinette!! No boring paintings but furniture like it's a real usable room.
There was even a cute little village in Beauty & The Beast style ^^ After that I went to a street in Paris with some fabric shops but most were already closed. I'll try tomorrow again before leaving.
And at the Notre Dame I had a conversation with a French men who claims to have connections with @jpgaultierofficial xD Well I gave my businesscard in case he was telling the truth!
I'm exhausted, my legs and feet hurt... but it's a day to remember ♥️ #Citytrip#Paris#Versailles#Louisxiv#Marieantoinette#Baroque#Rococo#Notredame#Fashion#Darkfashion#Goth#Gothic#Gothfashion