Apollo holding pipes in his right hand accompanied by Pegasus

Artist: Angiolo Falconetto (Italian, active ca. 1555–67)

Artist: After Giulio Romano (Italian, Rome 1499?–1546 Mantua)

Date: 1556–60

Medium: Etching

Dimensions: Sheet: 8 15/16 x 6 13/16 in. (22.7 x 17.3 cm)
Plate: 8 1/4 × 6 5/8 in. (20.9 × 16.9 cm)

Classification: Prints

Credit Line: The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1949

Accession Number: 49.95.286


This etching is based on one of the two lunettes in the Loggia delle Muse in the Palazzo del Te in Mantua, painted around 1532 after designs by Giulio Romano. Here, the Hippocrene font, created by a blow from Pegasus' hoof, flows through large panpipes supported by Apollo. The laurel leaves that nourish the winged horse have also been fashioned into wreaths. In antiquity, the crown of laurel, a symbol of victory, was rarely the reward of poets. However, from the time of Petrarch's coronation on the Capitoline in Rome in 1341, the evergreen leaves were firmly linked to poetic fame.