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Ships in a Gale

Marco Ricci (Italian, 1676-1729)


Marco 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.  Ricci's fantastic tempests intensify the violence of elemental discord and tend irresistibly towards metaphor and moralization in their evocation of human struggle. Man's fate hangs in the balance amid the turmoil and chaos of the natural world.

Object Information

artist
Marco Ricci (Italian, 1676-1729)
creation date
about 1705-1708
materials
oil on canvas
dimensions
36-1/4 x 49 in.
46-1/2 x 58-1/2 in. (framed)
accession number
70.44
credit line
Martha Delzell Memorial Fund
copyright
Public Domain
collection
European Painting and Sculpture Before 1800
colors