This painting is part of the group: Villa Aldobrandini Frescoes

For the subject see Ovid, 'Metamorphoses' (6). Apollo defeated the satyr Marsyas in a musical competition; as a punishment for failure, Apollo flayed him.

The picture was originally above the door of the Stanza di Apollo in Villa Aldobrandini, hence its horizontal format.

While the landscape and the main figure group are convincingly by Domenichino himself, it would seem he left the painting of the right side to an assistant. Six drawings for the composition (Windsor, Royal Collection) include a chalk study of the landscape without the figures.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1581 - 1641
Full title
The Flaying of Marsyas
Group
Date made
1616-18
Medium and support
Fresco, transferred to canvas and mounted on board
Dimensions
210.2 x 331.4 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1958
Inventory number
NG6288
Location in Gallery

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Domenichino and assistants: 'Apollo pursuing Daphne'
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Domenichino and assistants
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Domenichino and assistants: 'Apollo and Neptune advising Laomedon'
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Domenichino and assistants
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Domenichino and assistants: 'Apollo killing the Cyclops'
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Domenichino and assistants
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Domenichino and assistants: 'Mercury stealing the Herds of Admetus'