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ID number:  BIRBI-61.1
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Troy, Jean-François de (1679-1752)
Title / Object name:  Jason taming the bulls of Aeëtes
Object type:  Painting
Place made:  Rome
Culture:  French
Date made:  1742
Materials:  Oil on canvas
Measurements:  55.3 x 128.9 cm
Provenance:  Purchased from the Hazlitt Gallery, May 1961, for £1,350

Jason, in the centre, miraculously tames two fire-breathing bulls in his quest for the Golden Fleece. He is watched in amazement to the left by Aeetes, the King of Colchis, and by his daughter Medea. She was Jason’s lover and it was she who provided him with the magic herbs that protected him.
This oil sketch was made in Rome by the French artist de Troy in preparation for a much larger painting, which, in turn, acted as the model for a tapestry woven in the Gobelins workshop in Paris. The scene is one of seven depicting Jason’s life.

Notes:  Exhibited: 'France in the Eighteenth Century', Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK, 06 January 1968 - 03 March 1968; 'Painting First-Hand: Oil Sketches from Tintoretto to Goya', Museum Boymans-van Beuingen, Rotterdam, Netherlands, 10 December 1983 - 30 January 1984

1 Related People

Troy, Jean-François de

2 Related Publications

The Arts of France from François Ier to Napoléon Ier
Loyrette, H. and Baillio, J.
Les Peintres français du XVIIIe siècle
Brière. G

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