G. Cades Attr. Watercolor on Paper Italy XVIII Century

A Sacrifice to Venus

Code :  ARARPI0111741

G. Cades Attr. Watercolor on Paper Italy XVIII Century

A Sacrifice to Venus

Code :  ARARPI0111741


G. Cades Attr. Watercolor on Paper Italy XVIII Century - A Sacrifice to Venus


A Sacrifice to Venus

Artist:  Giuseppe Cades (1750-1799) Attributed to 

Artwork title:  Scena di sacrificio a Venere.

Age:  XVIII Century - from 1701 to 1800

Subject:  Scene with Figures

Origin:  Italia

Artistic technique:  Pittura

Technical specification:  Watercolor

Description : Scena di sacrificio a Venere.

Watercolor on paper. At the bottom left the name Giuseppe Cades, Although on the back, in addition to the attribution, the title "The oath of the Vestal Virgin". A girl is offering garlands of flowers to the statue of the goddess Venus, traditionally painted in a discrete way. She's holding the veil with one hand to cover the loins. The other hand covers the breast and the head with the hair gathered and adorned with flowers. Behind the girl, a young woman watches the scene, while a third peers from behind the column of the temple: therefore it seems to be a scene of supplication to the goddess, asking her to favor the love of two young men: according to both Greek and Roman tradition, the young before the wedding woman devoted themselves to this goddess, which was considered as the protector of marriage and conjugal fidelity. The work seems to be very close to the production of Giuseppe Cades, who in the 1780s and 1790s became one of the best known and appreciated personality in the Roman artistic world. He was a draftsman and an engraver too. The work is framed

Product Condition:
Product in good condition, it has small signs of usage

Frame Size (cm):
Height: 47,5
Width: 38
Depth: 1,5

Artwork dimensions (cm):
Height: 40
Width: 31

Additional Information

Artist: Giuseppe Cades (1750-1799)

Roman painter, born in 1750, was a pupil of D. Corvi, under the influence of Mengs while tempering his rigid classicism with eclectic references to Raphael and Titian. His works are in the churches of Ascoli, Genoa, Rome, Urbino, Turin, etc. He decorated a ceiling in the casino of the Villa Borghese in Rome with the History of Count Gualtieri. He was also an engraver. In the decade 1780-90 he became one of the best known and most appreciated figures in the Roman artistic world.

Age: XVIII Century - from 1701 to 1800

In the century of the Enlightenment, or the exaltation of reason and science as the only tools that can free man from ignorance and the yoke of the Church and the nobility, art passes from the intent of the Baroque to tell religious truths or to imitate nature, with strong chiaroscuro contrasts and artificial excesses, to the lighter and more vaporous forms (sometimes even frivolous and affected) of the so-called Barocchetto or Rococò, to lead to Neoclassicism which, looking at the ancient art of the Greeks and Romans, wants to re-propose the discovery of beauty, in the search for harmony, proportions, balances.
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Subject: Scene with Figures

Artistic technique: Pittura

La pittura è l'arte che consiste nell'applicare dei pigmenti a un supporto come la carta, la tela, la seta, la ceramica, il legno, il vetro o un muro. Essendo i pigmenti essenzialmente solidi, è necessario utilizzare un legante, che li porti a uno stadio liquido, più fluido o più denso, e un collante, che permetta l'adesione duratura al supporto. Chi dipinge è detto pittore o pittrice. Il risultato è un'immagine che, a seconda delle intenzioni dell'autore, esprime la sua percezione del mondo o una libera associazione di forme o un qualsiasi altro significato, a seconda della sua creatività, del suo gusto estetico e di quello della società di cui fa parte.

Technical specification: Watercolor

The watercolor or the watercolor is a painting technique that involves the use of pigments, finely ground and mixed with a binder, diluted in the water. The watercolor is a technique that is popular for its speed and for the easy portability of the materials, which have made it the technique of the excellence of those who paints and travelling in the open air. The support used for this technique is the paper that is preferably used with a high percentage of pure cotton as the long fiber of this plant do not change in contact with water. The paper that you buy commercially is measured in grams meter (weight of a sheet of 1 square meter). The preparation of the watercolor painting can be done according to three separate technical: 1) high level of overlapping, which, in addition to giving strength and tone to the same color, give the preparatory drawing, which is usually performed in light pencil, the necessary depth pictorial useful to the representation of the volumes, the shadows and the light; 2) painting wet-on-wet, i.e. the preparation of a coloured pigment to be made on the sheet of wet paper in the above so that the colors from spreading and flowing and giving you a look suffused the painting; 3)painting wet-on-dry, in which the pigment is laid after being dissolved with a sufficient amount of water to slide on the dry sheet.

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