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Artemisia

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Date of Creation

Category

Artistic Movement

Technique

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Painting

Arte Barocca

Oil on canvas

Condition

Signature

good

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Circulation

Free

Catalogue Raisonné

Price

Expertise

€ 110,000.00

Description

This work, with its great charm and happy painterly quality, illustrates the poignant episode in the human story of Artemisia of Caria, interpreted countless times by the greatest Italian painters of the Baroque era, from Guercino to Fetti, from Furini to Mei.

Daughter of Hecatomnus of Milasa, the king of Caria (an ancient region of Anatolia) from the beginning of the 4th century B.C., Artemisia married her brother Mausolus, who, through skillful political strategy, managed to subjugate several Greek cities and achieve partial independence from the Persian king Artaxerxes II. Upon her husband's death in 353 B.C., Artemisia succeeded him in ruling the kingdom, successfully quelling the rebellion of Rhodes and Heraclea. Furthermore, she adopted a policy of deference towards the powerful Persia, believing that only in this way could she ensure peace and stability for her land.

Legend has it that the grief over her spouse's demise was so agonizing that it drove her to drink his ashes as a symbol of eternal union. Afterward, Artemisia had a monumental tomb built in his memory in the city of Halicarnassus: the famous Mausoleum, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. From that moment, the term "mausoleum" became commonly used to refer to similar monuments. Artemisia died in 351 B.C., consumed, as the legend tells, by grief.

Provenance

Collezioni privata

Exibithion

Literature

Additional information

Expertise of Davide Dotti

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