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Title Laomedon Refusing Payment to Poseidon and Apollo
Collection Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow
Artist Unknown
Previously attributed to Rosa, Salvator (Italian painter and engraver, 1615-1673)
Date Earliest possibly about 1640
Date Latest possibly about 1660
Description The subject of the painting is taken from Greek literature, from Homer's Iliad, book XXI. Laomedon was son of King Ilus of Troy, and contracted with the gods Apollo and Poseidon, who had been banished from Olympus for one year, to build the walls of the city of Troy. When they had finished, Laomedon refused to pay them, resulting in continual natural disasters in the form of flood and plague, and it also explained why these two gods are consistently on the side of the Greeks against the Trojans in the story of the Iliad. No solution has yet been found for the attribution of this fine painting, but Sir Robert Strange and Dr Hunter both owned it under the attribution to Salvator Rosa. It is the only Baroque representation of this mythological episode.
Current Accession Number GLAHA44383
Subject mythology (Laomedon); figure
Measurements 96.5 x 80.6 cm
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Dr William Hunter 1783.
Provenance Sir Robert Strange, until 1771; Sir Robert Strange sale, Christie's, London, 7-9 Feb. 1771, lot 144, purchased by Dr William Hunter, 150 guineas.
Principal Exhibitions "My Highest Pleasures": William Hunter's Art Collection, Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow, 2007, no. 8.
Publications Black, Peter, ed., "My Highest Pleasures": William Hunter's Art Collection, London, 2007, p. 121, 180, ill. p. 56.
Rights Owner Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, University of Glasgow
Author Christina Gaughan
 

 

 

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