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Domenichino and assistants: 'Apollo killing the Cyclops'
This painting is part of the group: Villa Aldobrandini Frescoes
For the subject of this fresco see Apollodorus, 'Library' (3: 10). Apollo slew the one-eyed race of giants, the Cyclops, because they had provided Zeus with the thunderbolts which killed his son, Aesculapius.

The fresco (transferred to canvas) comes from a series painted in the Stanza di Apollo in the garden pavilion at the Villa Aldobrandini, Frascati.

The classical scene was painted as a trompe-l'oeil tapestry, probably by assistants. Domenichino's participation in the painting was likely limited to the portrait of the dwarf in chains at lower right. This member of the Aldobrandini household was depicted in this derisive fashion for his insolence.

An autograph life study of the dwarf (Windsor, Royal Collection) is the only drawing to survive for this composition.

Other paintings in this group: Villa Aldobrandini Frescoes

Apollo slaying Coronis
Domenichino and assistants
1616-18
Apollo slaying Coronis
The Judgement of Midas
Domenichino and assistants
1616-18
The Judgement of Midas
Apollo pursuing Daphne
Domenichino and assistants
1616-18
Apollo pursuing Daphne
The Flaying of Marsyas
Domenichino and assistants
1616-18
The Flaying of Marsyas

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