• Pan and Syrinx

    Artist:
    Raffaello (Raffaello Santi), workshop of. 1483-1520
    Technique:
    fresco (transferred from wall to canvas)
    Dimensions:
    262x140 cm

Raffaello (Raffaello Santi), workshop of. 1483-1520

Pan and Syrinx

Italy, circa 1520

Currently undergoing restoration Artist-restorers: Olga Viktorova, Natalya Tissen This fresco, located on the right-hand end wall of the loggia, depicted the culmination of the story of Venus and Adonis, the brief moment of the goddess and the mortal’s shared happiness. The lovers are shown on the grass beneath the shade of a poplar tree. Ovid’s text indicates that while lying on Adonis’ chest Venus begged him to be more careful when hunting. He failed to heed her advice and was soon torn apart by a wild boar. The exhibition includes the original design for the composition in the Stufetta and a fragment of the cartoon created on the basis of it for the fresco at the Palatine villa. Both were the work of Giulio Romano, and, consequently, the fresco too can be attributed to that artist. In size and appearance, the cartoon is an exact match for the fresco, on the surface of which traces of the transfer process can be seen in the form of deeply indented lines. The artist pressed the outlines of the details through the thick paper into the surface of the damp plaster, then he applied the depiction of the figures and landscape with pastose brushstrokes, finishing off the finer details when the layer was already dry. The upper and lower parts of the fresco demonstrate the process of freeing the original paint layer from soiling and later overpainting. The old areas of restoration putty laid bare in the course of the work have temporarily been tinted in a neutral shade to give the fresco an appearance suitable for display.

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Pan and Syrinx

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fresco (transferred from wall to canvas)

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262x140 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1861; acquired from the collection of Campana in Rome

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-2333

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