This paper examines Sebastiano Ricci’s pictorial activity in Florence, with the aim of elucidating the sophisticated set of visual references through which the Venetian painter enriched his culture during his stay in the Tuscan city. The study addresses at first the decorative cycle of Palazzo Marucelli, a close analysis of which reveals Ricci’s fascination for the Florentine sculpture of the Cinquecento. New hints are then given on the painter’s articulated relationship with Florentine “stuccatori” and “quadraturisti”, who worked alongside him in the palace. Lastly, the article focuses on some relevant English commissions, where previous experiences converge, however with some minor changes aimed at meeting the aesthetic demands of the foreign audience.

The painter at the crossroads: Sebastiano Ricci in Florence and the interplay between the arts

R. Maffeis
2018

Abstract

This paper examines Sebastiano Ricci’s pictorial activity in Florence, with the aim of elucidating the sophisticated set of visual references through which the Venetian painter enriched his culture during his stay in the Tuscan city. The study addresses at first the decorative cycle of Palazzo Marucelli, a close analysis of which reveals Ricci’s fascination for the Florentine sculpture of the Cinquecento. New hints are then given on the painter’s articulated relationship with Florentine “stuccatori” and “quadraturisti”, who worked alongside him in the palace. Lastly, the article focuses on some relevant English commissions, where previous experiences converge, however with some minor changes aimed at meeting the aesthetic demands of the foreign audience.
Sebastiano Ricci, Rococo, Frescoes, Florence, Marucelli, Mannerism, Giambologna, Decoration, Portland, Burlington, Royal Academy of Arts, Labours of Hercules
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