The Miraculous Draught of Fishes, ca. between 1695 and 1697

  • Sebastiano Ricci, Italian, 1659-1734

Oil on canvas

  • Unframed: 50 1/8 × 65 7/8 inches (127.3 × 167.3 cm)
  • 59 1/2 × 74 15/16 × 2 3/4 inches (151.1 × 190.3 × 7 cm)

Gift of the Matilda R. Wilson Fund in memory of Matilda R. Wilson

76.146

On View

  • European: Grand Tour of Italy-Venice

Department

European Painting

  • Religious art
  • Oil
  • Canvas
  • Figures (representations)
  • Painting (visual work)
  • Seascape
  • Boat
  • Italy
  • Christ

Christ at the Sea of Galilee is an important early work by Ricci. Simon Peter, in his haste to join Jesus, has jumped from the boat and eagerly tries to reach Christ on the beach (John 21:1–8). The painting was probably designed for a church or a private chapel. Ricci's ability to work in any style required by his patrons reflects the many influences that the artist encountered throughout his career. Born in Venice, he responded to the work of Veronese, but the influence of both Bolognese and Roman artists can also be seen in his style.

until 1976, private collection (France)

1976, (Heim Gallery, London, England)

1976-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

Italian Paintings and Sculptures of the 17th and 18th centuries. Exh. cat., Heim Gallery. London, 1976, cat. 16 (ill.). Daniels, J. L'opera completa di Sebastiano Ricci. Milan, 1976, cat. 70 (ill.). Mosby, D. Bulletin of the DIA: Annual Report 56, no. 1 (1977) pp. 9, 23, 24, 27 (fig. 11). Gazette des Beaux-Arts, suppl., no. 1310 (March 1978): p. 95. Pallucchini, R. La pittura veneziana del seicento, 2 vols. Milan, 1981, vol. 1, p. 324 Martini. E. La pittura del Settaecento veneto. Udine, 1982, 0. 479. [as G. Diziani.] Muti, L. and D. De Sarno Prignano. "A tu per tu con la pittura." Studi e ricerche di storia dell'Arte, Faenza, 2002, pp. 250-251 (fig. 10). [as a collaboration between S. Ricci and Peruzzini.] Bissell, R.W., A. Derstine, and D. Miller. Masters of Italian Baroque Painting: The Detroit Institute of Arts. London, 2005, pp. 10, 165-168, cat. no. 54. Scarpa, A. Sebastiano Ricci. Milan, 2006, p. 178, cat. 92. Derstine, Andria. "The Detroit Institute of Arts and Italian Baroque Painting." In Buying Baroque: Italian Seventeenth-Century Paintings Come to America, ed. Edgar Peters Bowron. University Park, 2017, p. 102. Marandel, J. Patrice. “Dealing and Scholarship: The Heim Gallery, London 1966–1995.” In Buying Baroque: Italian Seventeenth-Century Paintings Come to America, ed. Edgar Peters Bowron. University Park, 2017, p. 85.

Sebastiano Ricci, The Miraculous Draught of Fishes, ca. between 1695 and 1697, oil on canvas. Detroit Institute of Arts, Gift of the Matilda R. Wilson Fund in memory of Matilda R. Wilson, 76.146.