Giovanni Gioseffo Dal Sole,
Artemisia drinking her husband’s ashes

Giovanni Gioseffo Dal Sole,
Artemisia drinking her husband’s ashes

Giovanni Gioseffo Dal Sole, Artemisia drinking her husband's ashes,
Canvas, 62×46 cm + frame 23 cm, Inv. n. 3

The attribution to Giuseppe Antonio Del Sole was possible thanks to the recent discovery of a document, the act of purchase of some works of art sold by Lorenzo Antonio Fantini, a merchant from Bologna, to the Mazzolani family in 1697, where the payment of this work is included.

It is mentioned that the panting was in a gilded frame, which is still present, and so may be considered original. The work was entrusted to the Pinacoteca as a deposit from the Congregazione di Carità, founded in compliance with the wishes of the Mazzolani family.

The painter from Bologna demonstrates in this Artemisia a talent for working with a vibrant and rich palette, blending a solemn and controlled compositional elegance and formal abstraction in the style of Guido Reni, in any case from the region of Emilia, with appealing hues of Venetian extraction, thereby attaining admirably graceful and refined results. The subject is the episode in which Artemisia, the queen of Caria, despondent over the death of her beloved husband Mausolus, is not satisfied after having erected the most beautiful tomb in the world (the Mausoleum), and drinks the ashes of her husband mixed with her own tears, thereby becoming the living sepulchre of her irreplaceable consort.

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