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Apollo and Neptune advising Laomedon on the Building of Troy

Photo credit: The National Gallery, London

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Three men, one with a crown, stand in a landscape. They hold between them a large piece of paper, while two are pointing to a classical city in the background. The gods Apollo and Neptune have disguised themselves as mortals to advise King Laomedon on the building of Troy.

This is one of ten frescoes designed by Domenichino, painted with the help of assistants, to decorate a magnificent garden pavilion at the Villa Aldobrandini in Frascati, near Rome. Many of the scenes, including this one, were taken from the Roman poet Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Eight of them were transferred to canvas and are now in our collection.

The National Gallery, London



Apollo and Neptune advising Laomedon on the Building of Troy




Fresco, transferred to canvas and mounted on board


H 305.8 x W 183.4 cm

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Bought, 1958

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