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Watermelon Regatta

Watermelon Regatta

Artist: Master of the Fertility of the Egg (Italian, active late 1600s - early 1700s)

Date: early 1700s
Medium: Oil on canvas
Frame: 78 × 103 7/8 × 4 in. (198.1 × 263.8 × 10.2 cm)
Image: 70 1/2 × 96 × 1 5/16 in. (179 × 243.8 × 3.3 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of A. Everett Austin, 1951 Restoration supported in part by generous contributions received from many individual donors from within our community during the 2016 Giving Challenge and with our gratitude to The Community Foundation of Sarasota County and The Patterson Foundation.
Object number: SN657
On View: Not on view
About this ObjectThe Master of the Fertility of the Egg is the name used for an as yet unidentified painter active in late 1600s and early 1700s in Italy. The Master’s works typically represent the world reversed, with animals doing things that humans do. His absurd compositions satirize the madness, vanity, and ridiculous folly of human life, but in a spirit of comic levity and fun. The Watermelon Regatta may be a madcap interpretation of actual boat races that took place on a regular basis in Venice.

This monumental painting has suffered significant damage over time and has exhibited a partially-restored appearance for many years. Although the painting has lost many small areas of paint, the majority of the original paint layers appear to be intact. With the right conservation treatment, we will be able to restore its appearance to a state that more closely resembles that intended by the artist.
Purchased in Venice around 1914 by George Peabody Eustis (formerly George Eustis Corcoran) (1864–1936), New York; by inheritance to his wife, Rosamund Eustis Corcoran, New York; purchased in 1950 by A. Everett Austin Jr., Sarasota, Florida; gift in 1951 to the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida.
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