FERRARI, Luca
(b. 1605, Reggio Emilia, d. 1654, Padova)

Lycaon Consecrating the Dagger of Apollo

1650
Fresco
Villa Selvatico Emo Capodilista, Battaglia Terme

In the second scene of the fresco cycle in the transept hall of the villa, Athena, dressed in armour and settled comfortably on a cloud, dominates the background, protecting the Trojan fleet as it sets out to open sea, sails unfurled. The consecration ceremony takes place in the foreground, where Antenor's son, Lycaon, kneels before a slender statue of Apollo that stands on a cylindrical pedestal embellished in delicate relief. Antenor is shown from the back, his face turned toward the marble representation of the god and his arm pointing to the ships in the distance.