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Mercury stealing the Herds of Admetus guarded by Apollo

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DOMENICHINO and assistants , 1581 - 1641

Mercury stealing the Herds of Admetus guarded by Apollo

Short title: Mercury stealing the Herds of Admetus
Date: 1616-18
Medium: Fresco, transferred to canvas and mounted on board
Dimensions: 261.6 x 201.9 cm
Acquisition credit: Bought, 1958

Apollo is apparently guarding the herd of Admetus. (Ovid, 'Metamorphoses', 2). This picture seems different in compositional treatment from the rest of the series.

This work and the seven others in the Collection are a major part of a series of ten frescoes about Apollo, executed by Domenichino and assistants, originally in the garden pavilion of the Villa Aldobrandini at Frascati. Two frescoes remain in situ at the villa. There are preparatory drawings by Domenichino for the frescoes in the Royal Collection, Windsor.

Domenichino was paid for them in November 1616 and in June 1618.


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This image is part of the group:

"Villa Aldobrandini Frescoes"

Other images in group:

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