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A Bacchanal

A Bacchanal

Artist: Alessandro Magnasco (Italian, 1667 – 1749)

Date: ca. 1730-1735
Medium: Oil on paper mounted on wood panel
Image: 13 x 18 3/8 in. (33 x 46.7 cm)
Frame: 19 3/4 × 25 1/16 × 2 3/8 in. (50.2 × 63.7 × 6.1 cm)
Credit Line: Museum purchase, 1962
Object number: SN745
On View: Art Museum Gallery 18
About this ObjectMagnasco was virtually forgotten after his death, since he had no real followers, and made almost no art for public locations. In the early 20th century, his work was rediscovered, as his fantastic, visionary style seemed more in line with modern artistic sensibilities. This and another work, clearly a pair, are small oil sketches for larger, more finished paintings. They exhibit the overall intensity of Magnasco’s best work, as well as his typical dark backgrounds enlivened by agitated strokes of color for figures and details.
By 1914, Benno Geiger (1882–1965), Rodaun, Austria, and sold before 1945. (By 1962, Frederick Mont, New York); purchased by the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida, 1962.
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