The Triumph of Galatea

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Corrado Giaquinto (Italian, 1703–1765)
The Triumph of Galatea, ca. 1752
Oil on canvas
33 1/2 × 48 1/2 in. (85.09 × 123.19 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Myron Laskin M1970.68.2
Photo credit: Larry Sanders
Currently on View

This painting is a companion to another painting in the Collection, The Rape of Europa (M1970.68.1). The two subjects from Classical mythology were often paired in the eighteenth century, working together to produce a visual poem. At a basic level, the subject matter allowed the artist, Corrado Giaquinto, to paint beautiful young women in dynamic compositions that had wide appeal. For the educated patron, ancient myths provided the artist with the opportunity to explore more complex themes, such as moral struggle (as in Galatea riding in triumph on a porpoise-drawn sled even after her love is killed) and transformation (as in the god Zeus taking the shape of the bull in The Rape of Europa).

Publication History
Sawinski, Catherine. Mythology at the Milwaukee Art Museum--Part 2. Milwaukee Art Museum: Under the Wings, October 2, 2012.

Cioffi, Irene. Exhibition Review: Bari, Corrado Giaquinto. Burlington Magazine 135, no. 1085 (August 1993): 588.

Goldstein, Rosalie, ed. Guide to the Permanent Collection. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Milwaukee Art Museum, 1986, p. 58, b/w illus. p. 58.

Klinski, Karl. Classical Myth in Western Art: Ancient through Modern. Dalls: Meadows Museum and Gallery, Southern Methodist University, 1985, p. 26, cat. 26, b/w illus p. 27.

Atti Convegno di studi su Corrado Giaquinto. Molfetta, 3–5 gennaio 1969. Molfetta: Mezzina, 1971, p. 104, b/w fig. 54.

Laskin, Myron. Exhibition Review: Painting in Italy in the Eighteenth Century: Rococo to Romanticism. Arte Illustrata 4 (November–December 1971): 72–3, b/w fig. 24.
Exhibition History
Classical Myth in Western Art: Ancient Through Modern, Meadows Museum and Gallery, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, November 1–December 22, 1985; Amarillo Art Center, Amarillo, Texas, January 12–March 2, 1986.

This information is subject to change as the result of ongoing research.