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Collection of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

Drawing, "Thirteen Apollo Subjects for Ceiling", early 19th century

type: Drawing

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Center, octagonal representation of Apollo and Muses. Captions written in red crayon: Apollo e le Muse/ Mercurio robo li bovi/ dapello/ e larco/ con la faratia. Octagon surrounded by eight circles, showing Latona visiting Jupiter, inscription above: giove latona; Latona with her children Diana and Apollo, inscription: Latona Diana e/ Apollo. Clymene kneeling before Apollo, inscription: apollo fetonte/ cliomene. Apollo standing besides drinking Pegasus, inscription: Apollo cavallo/ pegasso. At left, Apollo appears to two praying girls, probably Leucothoe and Cythera, inscription: Leucotea Apollo. Bottom: Apollo and Neptune shown seated beside Python, inscription: serpente pito/ ne. Apollo pursuing Daphne, inscription at right, Apollo e Dafne. Rows of two circles shown at outmost left and right. Apollo in sun chariot drawn by four horses, inscription: carro d'Apollo. Apollo as herdsman, inscription at left: apollo pastor. Woman shown seated and sacrificing, inscription: la pitaneza sacia/ Apollo. Apollo shown supporting Hyacinthus, inscription: Apollo e Giancinto.


Felice Giani


Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design