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Title Jason Rejecting Medea
Collection Northampton Museum and Art Gallery
Artist Attributed to Pellegrini, Giovanni Antonio (Italian painter, 1675-1741)
Date Earliest possibly 1711
Date Latest possibly 1711
Description The subject of this tiny work by Pellegrini is the Greek hero Jason rejecting Medea, who was in love with him. The painting is executed in a sketchy, tentative way, on a piece of paper which was later laid on canvas; it is therefore likely to be a preparatory study. However, the list of Pellegrini's works known today does not include a finished version of this first idea. On the left, it is possible to see how the artist changed his mind about the figure of Jason as he worked, especially in regard to the position of the arms.
Current Accession Number 1997.127.4
Subject figure; mythology (Jason, Medea); interior
Measurements 36.0 x 26 cm.0 cm (estimate)
Material oil on paper (laid on canvas)
Acquisition Details Purchased by private treaty from the widow of Eric E. Young 1997.
Provenance Eric E. Young, by 1968-1997.
Principal Exhibitions Seventeenth and Eighteenth-Century Old Masters, Gallery Lasson, London, 1965, cat. no. 21, ill.; The Eric Young Collection, The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, 1969, cat. no. 8; Painters and Decorators, Northampton Central Museum, 1998, cat. no. 19.
Publications Frohlich-Bume, L., 'Fruhjahrsausstellungen in London', Weltkunst, 35, no. 8, 1965, pp. 292-93, ill. p. 293 as Jason verstoht Medea; Young, E. E., 'More About Pellegrini's Working Methods and Development', Apollo, March 1969, pp. 194-99, fig. 1; The Eric Young Collection, Barnard Castle, 1969, cat. no. 8, pl. 2 b.

Jason's pose is very close to that of the Elector Palatine in a work by Pellegrini in the National Gallery, London. Eric Young, the previous owner of this painting, pointed out the similarity of the figure of Jason with that of Pallas Athene in The Legend of Arachne in the Fountaine Collection, Narford Hall, Norfolk, which was painted in 1711. The Northampton sketch may have been painted around the same time, during Pellegrini's first stay in England between 1708 and 1713.

Rights Owner Northampton Museum and Art Gallery
Author Pablo Pérez d'Ors; Dr Angela Smith



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