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Andrea Schiavone (c. 1510-1563)

The Judgement of Midas c. 1548-50

RCIN 402862

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Pan boasts that his reed pipes make better music than Apollo’s lyre. Tmolus, the local mountain god, turns to Minerva (on the extreme right) and chooses Apollo as the victor. Midas, King of Phrygia, disputes the verdict. As punishment, Apollo gives Midas the ears of an ass. The free brushwork is used to heighten the drama of the story. Probably presented to Charles II in 1660 by the States of Holland and West Friesland