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    Sale 2176

    Christie's Interiors

    16 - 17 June 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 25

    Attributed to Filippo Tarchiani (Italian, first half of the 17th Century)

    Artemisia drinking the ashes of her husband Mausolus in wine

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    Attributed to Filippo Tarchiani (Italian, first half of the 17th Century)
    Artemisia drinking the ashes of her husband Mausolus in wine
    oil on canvas
    55 x 33 in. (139.7 x 83.8 cm.)


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    The subject of the present painting is Artemisia, the widow of Mausolus, satrap of Caria in Asia Minor. Upon his death in 353 B.C. she succeeded him as ruler, erecting a great monument to his memory at Halicarnassus, which became one of the seven wonders of the ancient world and gave us the word 'mausoleum'. Artemisia further honored her husband by drinking his ashes mized with wine, making herself into a living tomb and symbolizing spousal devotion.

    Prof. Mina Gregori originally suggested the attribution to Tarchiani (private communication with Professor Held).

    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE JULIUS HELD COLLECTION
    (LOTS 24-25)