Scenes from Tebaldeo's Eclogues: The Story of Damon

The Arcadian story of the shepherd Damon, who commits suicide because of his unrequited love for Amaryllis, is from the 'Eclogues' of the Ferrarese poet Antonio Tebaldeo, published Venice in 1502. The paintings are possibly decorations for an item of furniture.

This panel shows episode 2: 'Thyrsis asks Damon the Cause of his Sorrow', and episode 4: 'Thyrsis finds the Body of Damon'. The first panel shows episode 1: 'Damon broods on his Unrequited Love', and episode 3: 'Damon takes his Life'. The paintings were acquired amidst much controversy as works by Giorgione.

Key facts

Artist dates
about 1480 - 1528
Full title
Scenes from Tebaldeo's Eclogues: Thyrsis asks Damon the Cause of his Sorrow / Thyrsis finds the Body of Damon
Date made
about 1510
Medium and support
Oil on wood
45.2 x 19.9 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought with a contribution from the Art Fund, 1937
Inventory number
Location in Gallery

Other paintings in the group: Scenes from Tebaldeo's Eclogues