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Bacchus and Ariadne, between 1720 and 1730

  • Gustavus Hesselius, American, 1682-1755

Oil on canvas

  • Unframed: 24 1/2 × 32 3/8 inches (62.2 × 82.2 cm)
  • 34 1/2 × 42 3/4 × 2 5/8 inches (87.6 × 108.6 × 6.7 cm)

Gift of Dexter M. Ferry, Jr.

48.1

On View

  • American W272

Department

American Art before 1950

the artist's descendants

until 1948, Mary Young [Hesselius] Dundas [Mrs. Francis Henry Hodgson]

1948-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

Fourth Annual Exhibition of Peale’s Baltimore Museum. Exh. cat., Peale Museum. Baltimore, 1825, no. 55. [as Venus and Adonis by John Hesselius; possibly this work] Gustavus Hesselius 1682-1755. Exh. cat., Philadelphia Museum of Art. Philadelphia, 1938, pp. 16, 27, no. 13. [as Pluto and Persephone] Keyes, Homer Eaton. "Doubts Concerning Hesselius.” Antiques 34 (September 1938): p. 145. Richardson, E. P. "Gustavus Hesselius." Art Quarterly 12, 3 (Summer 1949): pp. 223-224. Vendezvous for Taste. Exh. cat., The Peale Museum. Philadelphia, 1956, no. 24. McCoubrey, John W. The American Tradition in Painting. New York, 1963, pp. 167-168 (pl. 106). Paintings in the Detroit Institute of Arts: A Checklist of the Paintings Acquired Before June 1965. Exh. cat., Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, 1965, p. 52. [dated as ca. 1725] The Painter and the New World. Exh. cat., Montreal Museum of Art. Montreal, 1967, no. 203. Fleischer, Roland E. Gustavus Hesselius, Face Painter to the Middle Colonies. Trenton, 1971, pp. 139-146. Wilmerding, John, ed. The Genius of American Painting. London, 1973, pp. 39-40 (ill.). Gerdts, William H. The Great American Nude. New York, 1974, pp. 19-20 (fig. 1-8). [as Bacchus and Ariadne, or Pluto and Persephone] Three Centuries of the American Nude. Exh. cat., The New York Cultural Center. New York, 1975, p. 6, no. 1. Three Centuries of American Art. Exh. cat., Philadelphia Museum of Art. Philadelphia, 1976, p. 24, no. 20. Kuspit, Donald B., et. al. Painting in the South: 1564-1960. Exh. cat., The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Richmond, 1983, pp. 10, 176.

Gustavus Hesselius, Bacchus and Ariadne, between 1720 and 1730, oil on canvas. Detroit Institute of Arts, Gift of Dexter M. Ferry, Jr., 48.1.