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Domenichino and assistants: 'The Judgement of Midas'
This painting is part of the group: Villa Aldobrandini Frescoes

Apollo and Pan had a musical contest. Midas chose Pan as the victor, and Apollo punished Midas by giving him ass's ears. Midas stands between Apollo who is seated with his lyre on the right, and Pan with his pipes to the left.The subject derives from Ovid, 'Metamorphoses' (11).

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

The artist painted all six figures, but the landscape may have been made by an assistant. Seven chalk preparatory drawings for the figures by Domenichino survive (Windsor, Royal Collection).

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From The National Gallery Podcast: Episode Forty Six, August 2010

Other paintings in this group: Villa Aldobrandini Frescoes

Apollo slaying Coronis
Domenichino and assistants
1616-18
Apollo slaying Coronis
Apollo pursuing Daphne
Domenichino and assistants
1616-18
Apollo pursuing Daphne
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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