Apollo and Aurora
||1600 - 1699
||Oil on canvas
||787 x 1727 mm (31 x 68 in)
|Place of origin
This picture is a copy after Reni’s fresco in the Casino dell’Aurora, in the Palazzo Pallavicini, in Rome. It was painted for Cardinal Scipione Borghese in 1614. It shows the passage of Apollo, the Sun God’s chariot, which is preceded by Aurora (Dawn), who casts roses onto earth below. She is accompanied by an ‘amoretto’ bearing a lighted torch, who has been identified as Phosphorus, the morning star.
The fresco was much-copied – from reduced copies in oil, or engravings.
Oil painting on canvas, Apollo and Aurora, after Guido Reni (Bologna 1575 – Bologna 1642), 17th century. After an original fresco Aurora by Guido Reni, 1614, in the Casino dell'Aurora, Palazzo Pallavicini, Rome. Aurora, accompained by a cherub-like Phosphorus, the morning star and the sun chariot driven by Apollo with the Hours.
Bequeathed to the National Trust with the house, estate and all the contents of Dunham Massey by Roger Grey, 10th Earl of Stamford (1896 - 1976)
Marks and inscriptions
Verso: in chalk: N 6 Bottom Tea[?]; overlaid by N 4 in white paint
Makers and roles
after Guido Reni (Bologna 1575 – Bologna 1642), artist