MICHELE ROCCA Parma 1671 – 1751 Venice Oil on canvas 46.5 x 62.5 cm / 18.3 x 24.6 in
PROVENANCE Rowley's, Tattersalls, Fine Art Auction, 30 August 2016, lot 1002 (as Venetian or Neopolitan School)
RELATED LITERATURE E. Debenedetti, C. Pergoli Campanelli, 'Un punto su Michele Rocca', in 'Roma il Tempio del vero gusto. La pittura del settecento romano e la sua diffusione a Venezia e a Napoli, atti del convegno' a cura di E. Borsellino e V. Casale, Firenze 2001, pp. 59-66 U. Bocchi, 'Documenti d'arte nel Casalasco-Viadanese', Viadana 2003 G. Sestieri, 'Michele Rocca e la pittura rococò a Roma', Firenze 2004
One of the brightest and most heroic episodes of ancient mythology, representing the liberation of Andromeda by Perseus, becomes almost mandatory for the greatest painters of the Baroque era. The classic interpretation of the plot was created by the genius Peter Paul Rubens, which shows the moment of the immediate removal of the shackles from Andromeda. Unlike his predecessor, Michele Rocca prefers a completely different interpretation. Limiting the composition to the only figure of Andromeda, the artist chooses the moment of the direct sacrifice of the girl, when she is shown chained to a rock and awaiting the appearance of a sea monster in horror. Rocca's painting, rare in its compositional clarity and purity, is known in at least one more version, known from an old photograph and reproduced in the monograph by Giancarlo Sestieri 'Michele Rocca e la pittura rococò a Roma'.
Epoque: XVIII century
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