The Choice of Hercules by Paolo de' Matteis

The painting was commissioned by Anthony Ashley Cooper, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury, to complete the project for a history painting outlined in the Earl's 'A Notion of the Historical Draught of Hercules'.

Details

Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
198 x 256 cm
Art Fund grant:
£16,000 ( Total: £65,000)
Acquired in:
1980
Vendor:
Christie's

Shaftesbury's persistent ill health forced him to retire to Naples where he wrote the work.

Provenance

Earls of Shaftesbury by descent until sold at Christie's.

Venue details

Ashmolean Museum Beaumont Street, OXFORD Oxfordshire OX1 2PH 01865 278000 www.ashmolean.org

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