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[Early 17th century drawing]
Italian, Bolognese School. [Early 17th century drawing]. Black chalk, pen and brown ink, brown wash. (9 7/8 x 14 5/8 in. ; 25 x 37 cm.). Depiction of Acis playing his flute for Galatea, and a chain of nymphs dancing in a wooded clearing. Based on Ovid's Metamorphoses (Bk XIII:738 788) two lovers, Acis and Galatea, are brutally separated by the cyclops Polyphemus, who kills Acis out of jealousy. Distraught, Galatea then turned his blood into the river Acis which flowed past Akion (Acium) near Mount Etna in Sicily. The story of Acis and Galatea has been the perfect heart wrenching subject for operas, ballets and tragedies over the centuries. Provenance: Sotheby's, New York, January 10, 1990, lot 33 (as follower of Annibale Carracci); Christie's, New York, January 31, 2013, lot 49.
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