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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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Credit: 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. Wellcome Collection. Public Domain Mark
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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)
Siena : Filippo Suchielli for[mis], [between 1589 and 1595]
1 print : etching, with engraving ; image ? cm
Diane DeGrazia Bohlin, Prints and related drawings by the Carracci family: a catalogue raisonné, Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1979, pp. 26?, Agostino no. 154
Wellcome Collection 663598i
After a drawing in the Uffizi attributed to by A. Boscoli, after a drawing by B. Buontalenti in the Victoria and Albert Museum. Buontalenti's drawing is a design for an intermezzo, the third of six intermezzi by Giovanni de' Bardi, performed in the play La pellegrina by Girolamo Bargagli, as part of the festivities honouring the marriage of Ferdinando I de' Medici and Christine of Lorraine in May 1589
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Album of engravings compiled by Pietro Fancelli
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