Apollo and Marsyos - Pietro Perugino. 39x29
The painting by Pietro Perugino (1448-1523), a Renaissance painter, representative of the Umbrian school, is dedicated to the Greek myth of the satire musical contest Marcia and the god of arts Apollo. The satyr learned to skillfully play the flute thrown by the goddess Athena, and, proud of his perfect performance, he challenged Apollo. Apollo, the highest musician, could not forgive the daring tricks of the satyr, who dared to argue with him. Playing on the lyre, he won a musical duel, and in punishment for insolence tore off his skin from Marcia.
The cruel ending of this story was not included in the plot of the picture. Perugino wrote a contest between two musicians, more precisely playing the flute Marcia. He is all immersed in music and does not notice his Olympic opponent. The beautiful Apollo stares coldly at the satyr’s seated figure; his lyre, standing at its feet, awaits the moment when the radiant god will extract captivating sounds from it, which mortal music cannot compete with.