Apoll schindet Marsyas
Guido Reni (1575-1642)

Apoll schindet Marsyas,

um 1633
Material / Technology / Carrier
Dimensions of the object
223,3 x 169,5 cm
AP OG Saal X
Inventory number
Aus der Kurfürstlichen Galerie
Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Alte Pinakothek München
Guido Reni, Apoll schindet Marsyas, um 1633, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Alte Pinakothek München, URL: https://www.sammlung.pinakothek.de/en/artwork/wq4jXdYLWo (Last updated on 24.08.2023)
In the music contest between Apollo and the satyr Marsyas, as related by Ovid, the Muses declared the god of the arts the winner. The satyr’s fate therefore lay in the hands of Apollo, who hung him from a tree and skinned him alive. In the perfection of a statue from antiquity Reni created a strong contrast between the god and the appearance of the tormented creature of nature. As such, he also devised this gruesome scene as a plea that art should not be bound to the image of untamed nature but to the ideals of classical beauty.

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