The Spinners The tale of Arachne

Code :  ARAROT0115540

The Spinners The tale of Arachne

Code :  ARAROT0115540

Product Details

Work title:  Le Filatrici (La favola di Aracne)

Time:  XIX Century - 1800

Subject:  Allegorical / Mythological Subject

Artistic technique:  Pittura

Technical specification:  Oil on canvas

Oil painting on canvas. It is a beautiful copy of the famous masterpiece by Diego Velazquez, made around 1657 and kept in the Prado Museum. Until the mid-twentieth century the painting was entitled "The tapestry factory of Santa Isabella in Madrid": only in 1948, in fact, the studies of the historian and art critic Diego Angulo Íñiguez allowed to identify a relationship between the painting and the ancient Greek myth of Arachne. In the scene, in the foreground, some spinners work in an unadorned and poorly lit room by a soft light reflected from the environment behind. There are five women: on the left, in the dim light, the oldest who drives the stripper wheel; in front of her, on the right, in full light, a young girl who collects the thread in the reel; they would be the representations of Athena, still hidden under false guise, and the human Arachne, during their competition. The other three women are simply the outline, the central one is just a static silhouette. In the background, central and illuminated by a powerful beam of light that emerges from the left, as well as enlivened by the bright colors of the tapestry and the clothes, the scene of the revelation of the goddess to the woman. The copy proposed here has a Paris inventory and forwarder label on the back. It has undergone a restoration by tearing the canvas. The work is presented in a contemporary gilded frame.

Product Condition:
Product in good condition, with small signs of wear.

frame Size (cm):
Height: 108
Width: 135
Depth: 6

work dimensions (cm):
Height: 90
Width: 116

Additional Information

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.

Oil on canvas:
The oil painting is a painting technique using powder pigments mixed with bases in inert and oils.

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