Category: rococo

A Winged Genius by Antonio Maria Zanetti I, after Parmigianino 

Italian, 1722

chiaroscuro woodcut printed from three blocks in black, bluish grey, and ochre

private collection

Diana and Endymion by Michele Rocca

Italian, 17th or 18th century

oil on canvas

private collection

Hercules in the Garden of the Hesperides (and detail) by Michele Rocca

Italian, 17th or 18th century

oil on canvas

private collection

The Mask of Truth by Michele Rocca. Italian, c. 1720. Oil on canvas. The Holburne Museum. 

From the Holburne

The stone Bocca della Verità (‘Mouth of Truth’) in Rome is said to bite the hands off liars. This eighteenth-century Roman painting shows the moment of suspense as an unfaithful wife outwits this public lie detector. Her lover pretends to be mad and rushes up to kiss her as she is led towards the statue. When asked if any man has kissed her other than her husband she answers ‘none but that madman just now’. She escapes with her hand and reputation intact.

Rinaldo and Armida by Michele Rocca

Italian, 1720-1750

oil on canvas

Walters Art Museum

The Rest of Diana and The Abduction of Proserpine, after Charles de la Fosse

oil on canvas

private collection 

Details from The Battle of the Centaurs and Lapiths by the circle of Charles de la Fosse. French, 17th or 18th century. Red chalk with red-brown wash on paper. Via Christie’s

Apollo and the Python by Charles de la Fosse

French, 17th or 18th century

black, red, and white chalk on buff paper

private collection

Studies for the Arms and Legs of Bacchus and Ariadne by Charles de la Fosse

French, c. 1698

black, red and white chalk on tan antique laid paper

Fogg Museum

Allegorical Battle Scene by Charles de la Fosse

French, 17th or 18th century

black, red, and white chalk on blue antique laid paper

Fogg Museum