36” x 57”, oil on canvas, relined, unsigned
Provenance: John Page Blair, ESQ.
Windlesham Court, Windlesham, Surrey
This figural landscape painting likely depicts the Nymphs of Mt. Nysa awaiting Hermes (Mercury), seen in the sky, to entrust the infant Dionysus (Bacchus) in their care, all set in a classical romantic scenery with a water fountain and a view to a distant hill top cathedral. The theme has been of interest to several of the 16th and 17th century painters most famously Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665). The style of the painting is reminiscent of Annibale Carrachi (1560-1609) but incorporating the elements of French 18th century esthetics.