The story of Atalanta and Hippomenes is related in Ovid’s Metamorphoses. The French painter Colombel here takes up a famous motif d several decades
previously by Guido Reni (1575-1642) in his famous paintings of the same myth (today in the Museo del Prado, Madrid and the Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte, Naples) which render the moment when Atalanta bends down to retrieve one of the golden apples, thus enabling Hippomenes to outrun her in the race for her hand in marriage.
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Nicolas Colombel
Atalante und Hippomenes, c. 1680
Oil on canvas
height 141 cm, width 127 cm
Inv.-No. GE2450
Provenance: before 1920 south german private collection sind 1925 private collection 2008 acquired by Prince Hans Adam II von und zu Liechtenstein in New York
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