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The Transformation of Cyparissus

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DOMENICHINO and assistants , 1581 - 1641

The Transformation of Cyparissus

Date: 1616-18
Medium: Fresco, transferred to canvas and mounted on board
Dimensions: 120 x 88.3 cm
Acquisition credit: Bought, 1958

For the subject of this fresco (now transferred to canvas mounted on board) 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 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.






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This image is part of the group:

"Villa Aldobrandini Frescoes"

Other images in group:

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The Judgement of Midas
The Transformation of Cyparissus
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The Flaying of Marsyas
Apollo and Neptune advising Laomedon
Apollo killing the Cyclops
Mercury stealing the Herds of Admetus