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Danše (1531 ca.) oil on canvas cm. 161x193   | Antonio Allegri called Correggio

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Guide to the Galleria Borghese
K. H. Fiore
Paperback, 16,5x23 cm, pp. 128, 141 col. ill.
€ 14,00

The volume introduces Cardinal Scipione Borghese's outstanding collection of art. The works exhibited in this fine 17th-century building include paintings and sculptures from the 15th to 18th century (Raphael, Correggio and Caravaggio), sculptures (Bernini), bas-reliefs and mosaics.
Correggio's masterpiece, Danše, depicts one of the four stories in Ovid's Metamorphoses about the loves of Jupiter, commissioned in around 1531 by Frederick II Gonzaga in Mantua as a present for Charles V (the other scenes are in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna and the National Gallery, London).
Jupiter, transformed into a golden shower, is received by Cupid and Danše, while heavenly and earthly love test the metal of the point of love's arrow with a goldsmith stone.
Correggio, a sophisticated naturalist painter at the time of Mannerism, has always been celebrated for the subtle shades, and imperceptible changes of tone he created by using subtle glazing. the picture's soft sensuality fascinated many European courts, in fact, it had a number of different owners and travelled to Madrid (1532), Milan (1584), Prague (1621), Stockholm (1652), Rome (1654), Paris (1721), Brussels (1792), England (1789), Paris (beginning of the nineteenth century) and Rome (1827). The works' Odissey of journeys and restoration work expains the gaps in the pictorial surface and the loss of glazing, though its former splendour can still be appreciated.
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