ANTONIO MARIA VASSALLO (GENOA C. 1620-C. 1664/72 MILAN)
ANTONIO MARIA VASSALLO (GENOA C. 1620-C. 1664/72 MILAN)
ANTONIO MARIA VASSALLO (GENOA C. 1620-C. 1664/72 MILAN)
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ANTONIO MARIA VASSALLO (GENOA C. 1620-C. 1664/72 MILAN)

Medea using her Magic, a scene from Ovid's Metamorphoses

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ANTONIO MARIA VASSALLO (GENOA C. 1620-C. 1664/72 MILAN)
Medea using her Magic, a scene from Ovid's Metamorphoses
oil on canvas
23 ¼ x 31 7/8 in. (59 x 81 cm.)
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Lot Essay

Antonio Maria Vassallo studied painting in Genoa under the Flemish artist Vincent Malo. Vassallo is best known for his mythological scenes and rustic pastorals. The present painting depicts a scene from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, in which Medea — moved by her husband Jason’s request to take years from his life to add them instead to that of his father, Aseon — performs a blood ritual to restore Aseon’s youth (VII, 159-293).

The attribution of this painting to Vassallo was proposed by Anna Orlando on account of its similarities with a painting of the same subject in a Milanese private collection. A copy of her expertise is available upon request.

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