Apollo and Neptune advising Laomedon
This painting is part of the group: Villa Aldobrandini Frescoes

Apollo and Neptune disguised themselves as mortals and helped build the city of Troy. When Laomedon refused to pay them the agreed price the gods took revenge by bringing a series of disasters upon the city. The three are here shown consulting a plan and pointing to the city in the background.The subject derives from Ovid, 'Metamorphoses' (10).

This fresco (transferred to canvas) comes from a series painted in the Stanza di Apollo in the garden pavilion of the Villa Aldobrandini, Frascati. The execution seems to be by an assistant, although Domenichino did make four preparatory chalk drawings for the painting (Windsor, Royal Collection).

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1581 - 1641
Full title
Apollo and Neptune advising Laomedon on the Building of Troy
Group
Date made
1616-18
Medium and support
Fresco, transferred to canvas and mounted on board
Dimensions
305.8 x 183.4 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1958
Inventory number
NG6289
Location in Gallery

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