Bacchus & Ariadne
J. Smith fecit Londini. 1709.
Mezzotint with very large margins, platemark 415 x 280mm. 16¼ x 11".
Ariadne, discovered on the island of Naxos by the god Bacchus, having been left there by her lover Theseus (whose ship sails away in the distance). A putto brings grapes to echo those worn by Bacchus, the god of wine. The cheetah is one of two which drew Bacchus' chariot. From the series 'Tabulę novem coelo elaboratę ad totidem Titiani archetypos / Nine Prints from the Celebrated Paintings of Titian, in the Duke of Marlboroughs Gallery, at Blenheim' by the famous early mezzotinter John Smith (1652 - 1743). The series, commonly known as 'The Loves of the Gods', derives from a series of leather wall-hangings formerly in the Titian Room at Blenheim destroyed by fire in 1861. The attribution to Titian is uncertain, however, and was doubted as early as 1766 (see G. Scharf, Catalogue Raisonné, Blenheim Palace, London, 1862, pp. 83-92). The designs relate to prints by Caraglio after Perino del Vaga and Rosso Fiorentino.
Ex: collection of the Late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd. Ref: Wessely: 341.
[Ref: 36202] £500.00