The Transformation of Cyparissus
This painting is part of the group: Villa Aldobrandini Frescoes

For the subject of this fresco see Ovid, 'Metamorphoses' (10). Cyparissus, beloved by Apollo, accidentally killed a favourite stag; he was so distressed that he begged to be allowed to mourn for ever, and was turned into a cypress.

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 upper portion of the composition, with Apollo seated on clouds, remains in situ at the Villa Aldobrandini.

It is thought that Domenichino provided the general design, but may not have executed the fresco.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1581 - 1641
Full title
The Transformation of Cyparissus
Group
Date made
1616-18
Medium and support
Fresco, transferred to canvas and mounted on board
Dimensions
120 x 88.3 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1958
Inventory number
NG6286
Location in Gallery

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