Marcantonio Pasqualini (1614–1691) Crowned by Apollo

Andrea Sacchi Italian

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A celebrated male soprano, Pasqualini is crowned by Apollo, who had been victorious in a musical contest with the satyr Marsyas (shown in the background, defeated and tied to a tree with his bagpipes beside him). Pasqualini joined the choir of the Sistine Chapel in 1630, and from 1632 was a protagonist in many operas produced at the Palazzo Barberini. Sacchi designed sets for some of these. The singer plays an upright harpsichord decorated with the figures of Daphne and a bound satyr; Apollo is loosely based on the famous ancient sculpture known as the Apollo Belvedere.

Marcantonio Pasqualini (1614–1691) Crowned by Apollo, Andrea Sacchi (Italian, Rome (?) ca. 1599–1661 Rome), Oil on canvas

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