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Abduction of Deianira by the Centaur Nessus

Abduction of Deianira by the Centaur Nessus

Artist: Il Padovanino (Italian, 1588 - 1649)

Date: c. 1630
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
Framed: 90 x 73 1/4 x 5 in. (228.6 x 186.1 x 12.7 cm)
Image: 74 x 57 in. (188 x 144.8 cm)
Credit Line: Bequest of John Ringling, 1936
Object number: SN142
On View: Art Museum Gallery 08
About this ObjectIn this scene from Greek myth, the centaur Nessus has attempted to abduct Deianira, the wife of Heracles (depicted in the background), but the hero has come to her rescue, shooting Nessus with a venom-laced arrow. Through vivid color and sensuously evoked textures, Padovanino pays tribute to earlier Venetian painters, but the explosive energy here—created through the twisting, athletic poses and dramatic viewing angles of the figures—is characteristically Baroque.
Provenance
Acquired in Paris between 1795 and 1796 for 300 guineas by John Trumbull (1756–1843), London; (sold Trumbull sale, London, 18 February 1797, lot 86, for £588); Benjamin West (1738–1820), London, and William Beckford (1760–1844), Fonthill Abbey, Bath; (sold Christie’s, London, William Beckford sale, 27 February 1802, lot 82, for £283–10s, to Wilson); Sir Richard Worsley (1751–1805), 7th Baronet, Appuldurcombe, Isle of Wight; by inheritance to his niece, Henrietta Anna Maria Charlotte Bridgeman Simpson (1788–1813, from 1806, Henrietta Anna Maria Charlotte Anderson-Pelham), Appuldurcombe, Isle of Wight, and Brocklesby Park, Lincolnshire; by inheritance to her husband, Charles Anderson-Pelham (1781–1846), 1st Earl of Yarborough, Brocklesby Park, Lincolnshire; by inheritance to his son, Charles Anderson Worsley Anderson-Pelham (1809–1862), 2nd Earl of Yarborough, Brocklesby Park, Lincolnshire; by inheritance to his son, Charles Anderson-Pelham (1835–1875), 3rd Earl of Yarborough, Brocklesby Park, Lincolnshire; by inheritance to his son, Charles Alfred Worsley Pelham (1859–1936), 4th Earl of Yarborough, Brocklesby Park, Lincolnshire; (sold Yarborough sale, Christie’s, London, 12 July 1929, lot 58, for £42, to Grant); John Ringling (1866–1936), Sarasota, Florida; bequest in 1936 to the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida.
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