Apollo descending to kill the Python, surrounded by men and women of Delphi; representing the power of music to affect the human mind. Etching by Agostino Carracci after A. Boscoli after B. Buontalenti.
- Buontalenti, Bernardo, 1536-1608.
- [between 1589 and 1595]
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Bardi's "Intermedi" illustrated the power of music. Three of them (nos. 1, 4, and 5) described "musica mundana" or cosmic harmony, and the other three (nos. 2, 3, and 6) "musica humana" or music at the human level: the present etching represents no. 3, showing the power of Apollo, as god of music, to overcome the Python (Dizionario biografico degli italiani, vol. 6, p. 301, s.v. Bardi)