This painting is part of the group: Villa Aldobrandini Frescoes
Apollo is apparently guarding the herd of Admetus. (Ovid, 'Metamorphoses', 2).

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 very poor condition of this episode makes the identification of the painter or painters impossible.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1581 - 1641
Full title
Mercury stealing the Herds of Admetus guarded by Apollo
Group
Date made
1616-18
Medium and support
Fresco, transferred to canvas and mounted on board
Dimensions
261.6 x 201.9 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1958
Inventory number
NG6291
Location in Gallery

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