Diana and Callisto - Sebastiano Ricci. 64x76
Bathing Diana, which in the III century BC. Canvas of Titian on this plot was widely popular. The virgin hunter was surrounded by her confidants, chaste nymphs. One of them, Callisto (which means "more beautiful than all"), was seduced by the Supreme Olympian Zeus.
It is quite obvious that for Sebastiano Ricci (1659-1734), an outstanding Venetian artist, the ancestor of Rococo, the episode with the discovery of the pregnancy of a beautiful nymph became an occasion for admiration for the sensual beauty of beauties. Their naked bodies, shown in different angles, create an exquisite pattern in the central part of the canvas. The elegance of the pose stands out the great goddess-hunter (her attributes are demonstrated - a spear in her hand, a dog at her feet).
Researchers are inclined to attribute the refinement of female physique chosen here to the influence of English painting exerted on Ricci during his stay in London. While working on the canvas, he, along with his nephew Marco painted Burlington House (today - the Royal Academy of Arts). In the landscape (and this is a sign of a new style), the forms seem to dissolve by means of weightlessly light, vibrating strokes. That is how the decorative component of the rococo was claimed.