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Object: Lira et caput Orphei in Hebrum deiecta
Series: Villa Aldobrandina Tusculana sive varii illius hortorum et frontium prospectus
Plate 17: Apollo protecting the head of Orpheus, after the fresco designed by Domenichino for the villa Aldobrandini; a landscape with in the lower part a dragon standing on a river bank and attempting to snatch the decapitated head of Orpheus, which is seen floating on the stream; in the upper part Apollo, sitting on a cloud, is about to intervene. 1647
- Production date
Height: 299 millimetres
Width: 147 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- See 1972,U.184.1 for comment on the series.
The painting is part of a series of frescoes executed by Domenichino and his assistants in the Stanza di Apollo in the garden pavilion of the Villa Aldobrandini. "Apollo protecting the head of Orpheus" remains in situ at the Villa. See Spear, 'Domenichino', 1982, vol. I, cat. No.51. This scene is Spear 51.vii.
- Not on display
- Prints and Drawings
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