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.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1581 - 1641
Full title
Apollo pursuing Daphne
Group
Date made
1616-18
Medium and support
Fresco, transferred to canvas and mounted on board
Dimensions
311.8 x 189.2 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1958
Inventory number
NG6287
Location in Gallery

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