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Attributed to studio of Albani, Francesco (Italian painter, 1578-1660) , Apollo and Daphne

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Title Apollo and Daphne
Collection Culture and Sport Glasgow (Museums): Kelvingrove Museum
Artist Attributed to studio of Albani, Francesco (Italian painter, 1578-1660)
Date Earliest possibly about 1617
Date Latest probably about 1660
Description The subject of this work is based on Ovid's Metamorphoses and depicts the moment before Daphne is transformed into a laurel tree to escape the pursuing Apollo. Albani (1578-1660), who began his training with the Flemish painter, Denys Calvaert, studied at the Carracci Academy in Bologna from 1595. In 1601 he moved to Rome where he worked as Annibale Carracci's assistant. He returned to Bologna in 1617 where he established a large studio with Guido Reni. In addition to commissioned altarpieces he painted cabinet pictures with mythological themes. This work seems to be a workshop variation of Albani's own version, now in the Louvre, which only shows the two figures with Cupid in a wide, open landscape. In the Glasgow painting Daphne and Apollo are placed to the right with small alterations to the figures' clothes and position of arrow and bow, and with the addition of a more extensive landscape background and a river god. It seems a slightly awkward pastiche of loose elements making it a typical workshop production.
Current Accession Number 133
Subject mythology (Apollo and Daphne); figure; landscape
Measurements 31.8 x 42.7 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on metal (copper)
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Archibald McLellan 1854.
Publications Catalogue Descriptive and Historical of the Pictures and Sculpture in the Corporation Galleries of Art, Glasgow, compiled by James Paton, Superintendent of the Galleries, Glasgow, 1882, n. 570, p. 113 as by unknown Bolognese School, as Cephalus and Procris; Catalogue Descriptive and Historical of the Pictures and Sculpture in the Corporation Galleries of Art, Glasgow, compiled by James Paton, Superintendent of the Galleries, and of Kelvingrove Museum, Fifth edition, (Illustrated), Glasgow, 1892, n. 4, p. 1 as by Francesco Albani, 1578-1660, Italian-Bolognese; Catalogue Descriptive and Historical of the Pictures in the Glasgow Art Gallery and Museum Kelvingrove, compiled by James Paton, Superintendent of the Corporation Museums and Art Galleries, Glasgow, 1902, n. 17, p. 3 as by Francesco Albani, 1578-1660, Italian-Bolognese; Catalogue Descriptive and Historical of the Pictures and Sculpture in the Glasgow Art Gallery and Museum, Kelvingrove, Compiled by James Paton, Superintendent of all the Corporation Museums and Art Galleries, Ninth edition, Glasgow, 1903, n. 17, p. 3 as by Francesco Albani, 1578-1660, Italian-Bolognese; Catalogue (Illustrated) of the Old Masters Dutch, Flemish, Italian 1500-1700, Introduction by T.C.F. Bratchie, Corporation of Glasgow, Art Galleries and Museums, Kelvingrove, Glasgow, 1922, p. 111 as by Francesco Albani, 1578-1600, Italian Bolognese; Catalogue Descriptive and Historical of the Pictures in the Glasgow Art Galleries and Museums, Introduction by James Eggleton, Glasgow, 1935, p. 3 as by Francesco Albani, 1578-1600, Italian Bolognese; C.H. Puglisi, Francesco Albani, New Haven and London, 1999, 142, cat. No. 58;
Notes A copy, following the original composition, but strangely leaving out Daphne's right arm, can be found in the Courtauld Institute, London.
Rights Owner Culture and Sport Glasgow (Museums)
Author Dr Erma Hermens
 

 

 

 

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