Apollo in his Chariot preceded by Aurora

after Guido Reni (Bologna 1575 – Bologna 1642)
National Trust Inventory Number 932360

Category Art / Oil paintings
Date 1600 - 1699
Materials Oil on canvas
Measurements 787 x 1727 mm (31 x 68 in)
Place of origin
Collection Dunham Massey, Cheshire (Accredited Museum)
On show at Dunham Massey, Cheshire, North West, National Trust

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.

Summary description

Oil painting on canvas, Apollo in his Chariot preceded by Aurora, after Guido Reni (Bologna 1575 – Bologna 1642), 17th century. After an original fresco by Guido Reni, 1613/14, in the Casino dell'Aurora, Palazzo Pallavicini-Rospigliosi, 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)

Credit line

Dunham Massey, The Stamford Collection (National Trust)

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

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Materials Canvas (10115)
Oil paint (8601)
Category Art / Oil paintings (12632)
Collection Dunham Massey, Cheshire (Accredited Museum) (28638)
Periods 17th century (33413)
Maker Guido Reni (Bologna 1575 – Bologna 1642) (62)
Subjects Myth and Allegory (449)
Apollo (Helios) (58)
Aurora (17)
Phosphorus (6)
Horae (Hours) (10)
Object Type Oil painting (14417)

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