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Creator Nationality: European; Southern European; Roman
Creator Name-CRT: Roman
Title: Polyphemus and Galatea in a landscape
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: -3
Creation End Date: 50
Creation Date: ca. 31 B.C.-A.D. 50
Object Type: Architecture
Classification Term: Miscellaneous-Paintings
Materials and Techniques: Fresco
Dimensions: H. 73 3/4 in. (187.33 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 20.192.17
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1920
This fresco once decorated the west wall of bedroom 19, the Mythological Room, in the Imperial Villa at Boscotrecase. Third-Style Roman bedrooms were often adorned with mythological scenes that apparently imitated the framed paintings that hung in Roman houses. This example shows the Cyclops Polyphemus as the unsuccessful suitor of the lovely sea nymph Galatea, who rides a dolphin at the lower left. Polyphemus is seated in the center of a rocky outcrop, professing his desire for Galatea with a melody on his panpipe, but to no avail. As told by Ovid, Galatea hid with her lover Acis, the son of Pan, while she listened to the Cyclop's song, but he discovered them and rose in rage, crushing Acis under a boulder as he tried to escape.
AMICA ID: MMA_.20.192.17
AMICA Library Year: 2000
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Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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