Ships in a Gale

Marco Ricci (Italian, 1676-1729)

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Ricci's fantastic storm scenes, like the one shown here, intensify the violence of the elements and tend irresistibly towards metaphor and moralization in their evocation of human struggle. In them, man's fate is shown hanging in the balance amid the turmoil and chaos of the natural world.

Ricci was the most prominent landscape painter in Italy at the end of the 17th century. A talented scene designer, Ricci's landscapes are overtly theatrical, rather than naturalistic, and culminate in his dramatic visions of the sea.

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Object Information

Marco Ricci (Italian, 1676-1729)
creation date
about 1705-1708
oil on canvas
36-1/4 x 49 in.
approximately 46-1/2 x 58-1/2 x 2-3/4 in. (framed)
accession number
credit line
Martha Delzell Memorial Fund
Public Domain
European Painting and Sculpture Before 1800

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