• Feast of the Gods (The Marriage of Peleus and Thetis)

    Artist:
    Rottenhammer, Johann. 1564-1625
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    34x45 cm

Rottenhammer, Johann. 1564-1625

Feast of the Gods (The Marriage of Peleus and Thetis)

Germany, 1600

The painting by Johann Rottenhammer, who worked in Rome and Venice and was under the influence of the Venetian masters of Italian Renaissance, was executed on the subject-matter of “Iliad” by Homer. Following the advice of the Titan Prometheus, the gods married the sea goddess Thetis off to the hero Peleus, King of Phthia in Thessaly. Peleus and Thetis are depicted seated with Zeus and the other gods, while cupids fly through the sky scattering flowers. In the centre is Tellus, goddess of the Earth, holding a cornucopia, to the left are the sea deities - tritons and naiads (water nymphs)- symbolizing the Sea; in the right foreground is the river god. These allegorical representations of both the Earth and the Sea personify the Universe approving the marriage of Peleus and Thetis. Such allegories were widely spread in the 17th century, particularly amongst artists working in Prague at the court of the Habsburg Emperor Rudolf II, for whom this painting was probably produced. Being of cabinet size, executed in subtle painting technique and distinguished by bright colours, it is typical of Rottenhammer's work.

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Feast of the Gods (The Marriage of Peleus and Thetis)

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oil

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34x45 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1769; acquired from the Heinrich von Brühl collection, Dresden

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-688

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