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Completion Date: 1512

Style: High Renaissance

Genre: mythological painting

Technique: fresco

Dimensions: 295 x 225 cm

Gallery: Villa Farnesina (Rome, Italy)

Tags: Galatea

Raphael completed this work for the Villa Farnesina, a suburban Renaissance villa in Rome in 1512. The Farnesina was built by one of the richest men of the early Renaissance, Agostini Chigi, who was a banker. This was the only painting of Greek mythology that Raphael painted, the story of the Nereid Galatea, who had fallen in love with a peasant shepherd, Acis. Galatea’s consort, after finding the two lovers in an embrace, killed Acis by throwing a giant pillar at him. Although Raphael’s painting is based off of the story, it does not illustrate any of the actual events of the story.

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