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Triumph of Galatea, Raphael, 1511

Triumph of Galatea, Raphael, 1511

The triumph of Galatea is Raphael. Fresco

On the fresco of 1511 Galatea depicting Polyphemus running away from the monster (it is visible at the bottom left) in a huge mollusk shell, which dolphins drag along. Four putti hover above her head, and newt and nereid frolic around in waves. The fresco was painted in the open loggia of a villa owned by the papal banker Agostino Chigi, located on the banks of the Tiber in Rome. The scene in the picture was supposed to reproduce the view from the loggia to the far bank of the river.

Villa Chigi was famous for its feasts, and Raphael was often among the guests. Distinguished by a great addiction to women, he apparently died from excessive indulgence in his weaknesses. The artist embodied his ideal of female beauty in the image of Galatea and in other nude female figures depicted in this fresco.

Putti - These are little boys, sometimes winged, also known as "little cupids." In religious paintings, putti can be angels or cherubs, or make a humorous note in secular painting on the theme of love. They often accompany Venus, sometimes at the festival in honor of the goddess portrayed worshiping her statue.


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