A (Grecian/Roman) Wedding: retiring to Rest (from the Aldobrandini Wedding fresco) ('Alcestis with Apollo')

British (English) School
National Trust Inventory Number 108796

Category Art / Oil paintings
Date 1759 - 1769
Materials Oil on canvas (grisaille) (circular)
Measurements 750 mm (diameter) (E)
Place of origin England
Collection Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire (Accredited Museum)
On show at Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire, Midlands, National Trust

Summary description

Oil painting on canvas (grisaille) (circular), A (Grecian/Roman) Wedding: retiring to Rest (from the Aldobrandini Wedding fresco), British (English) School, 1759-69. Round grisaille painting depicting scenes from an ancient Greek wedding, this the fourth of a series of four and depicts the couple retiring to rest after the ceremony. The composition is taken from Aldobrandini Wedding fresco (so-called because of its owner), now in the Vatican Library which may refer to the story of Alcestis and Admetus, who was looked after by Apollo as a shepherd - 'Hercules rescuing Alcestis from the Underworld'. Derived from Nova Nupta, in Pietro Santo Bartoli, 'Admiranda Romanarum Antiquitatum' entitled: IMAGO ANTIQAE PICTURAE NOVAM NUPTAM centum fere ab hinc annis effossa in Exquiliarum ruinis Hortis in Quirinali unicum veteris.


Recorded in the Hall by 1769; bought with part of the contents of Kedleston Hall with the aid of the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) in 1986 when the house and park were given to the National Trust by Francis Curzon, 3rd Viscount Scarsdale (1924-2000)

Credit line

Kedleston Hall, The Scarsdale Collection (acquired with the help of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and transferred to The National Trust in 1987)

Marks and inscriptions


Makers and roles

British (English) School, artist


Kilpatrick 2002 Ross Stuart Kilpatrick, The Early Augustan "Aldobrandini Wedding" Fresco: A Quatercentenary Reappraisal (1601-2001), Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome, Vol. 47, (2002), pp. 19-32

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