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Domenichino and assistants: 'Apollo pursuing Daphne'
This painting is part of the group: Villa Aldobrandini Frescoes
For the subject see Ovid, 'Metamorphoses' (1). Daphne, pursued by Apollo, cries for help to her father, the river God Peneus. He transforms her into a laurel bush as Apollo reaches her.

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

A fine compositional study in pen and ink survives (Windsor, Royal Collection). While the landscape is the finest in the series and was probably made by Domenichino himself, the authorship of the figures is less secure and may have been assigned to an assistant.

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
The Flaying of Marsyas
Domenichino and assistants
1616-18
The Flaying of Marsyas
Apollo killing the Cyclops
Domenichino and assistants
1616-18
Apollo killing the Cyclops

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