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Sebastiano Ricci (Belluno 1659-Venice 1734)

Diana and Callisto c.1707

Black chalk, pen and ink and wash | 20.3 x 29.9 cm | RCIN 907188

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Sebastiano painted several versions of the mythological episode of the goddess Diana casting out her pregnant attendant Callisto. This drawing probably relates to a fresco in Palazzo Pitti in Florence, where Sebastiano worked from about 1704–11. The delicate washes reflect his encounters with the work of Bolognese artists in his early training.