This painting is part of the group: Villa Aldobrandini Frescoes

Coronis, loved by Apollo, was unfaithful to the god. Apollo's bird, the raven, revealed her infidelity to him and Apollo thereupon slew her. (Ovid, 'Metamorphoses' 2:600 ff).

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

For this episode, Domenichino made a detailed pen drawing of the composition and chalk studies of each figure (Windsor, Royal Collection), but the execution of the fresco was left mostly to assistants.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1581 - 1641
Full title
Apollo slaying Coronis
Group
Date made
1616-18
Medium and support
Fresco, transferred to canvas and mounted on board
Dimensions
199.4 x 89.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1958
Inventory number
NG6284
Location in Gallery

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