Giovanni Antonio Pellegrini

Apollo

1135 voorzijde
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1135 voorzijde
1135 voorzijde

Giovanni Antonio Pellegrini
Apollo

1718 On view in Room 5

In 1704 a raging fire reduced the entire interior of the Mauritshuis to ashes. The Italian painter Pellegrini was asked to make the new decorations for the Golden Room. The bright colours and baroque elegance of his work are typical Venetian and unique in the Netherlands.

Pellegrini painted various canvases that are set into the wood panelling. The ceiling paintings portray how Aurora dispels the Night and is followed by Apollo, the Sun. The two overmantel pieces represent The Republic and Venus and Vulcan. Pellegrini decorated the walls with four large grisailles depicting personifications of the Four Elements – earth, air, fire and water.

Technical details

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1135 voorzijde

Giovanni Antonio Pellegrini
Apollo

1718 On view in Room 5

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Details

General information
Giovanni Antonio Pellegrini (Venice 1675 - 1741 Venice)
Apollo
1718
painting
1135
Room 5
Material and technical details
oil
canvas
261.8 x 191.8 cm

Provenance

Painted during the restoration of the Mauritshuis after the fire of 1704 and completed in 1718