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Luigi Vanvitelli: Marriage of Peleus with Thetis

  • Category: drawing
  • Artist: Luigi Vanvitelli (1700-1773)
  • Year: 1767
  • Technique: sanguine, pen, pencil and ink on paper
  • Dimensions HxWxD: 30×41.3cm
  • Located into: Drawing Cabinet (Not exposed)


Artist: Luigi Vanvitelli

The guests are disposed around an hemicycle table, in the presence of alien and putti genes. The bridegroom is a well-grown hero with helmet and not the legendary Cupid. Among the present are the spouses at one end, a faun on the other side and the Three Graces inside the curve.
For the wedding of Peleus and Thetis there was an important precedent in Rome, a large picture by Romanelli at the Barberini house. The bold decision to draw a foreshortned table and to give it the shape of a canopy, abandoning symmetry and the lavish width, makes the scene compact, too dense to truly mimic ancient scenes.

The marriage of Peleus with Thetis

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