TIEPOLO, Giovanni Battista
(b. 1696, Venezia, d. 1770, Madrid)

The Death of Hyacinth

Oil on canvas, 287 x 235 cm
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

In the foreground, accompanied by a putto, and with a sweeping gesture, Apollo laments Hyacinth, who he accidentally killed during a ball game, and whose body is impressively laid out on a red cloth. Behind them to the left, and somewhat distanced, is a group of onlookers included as staffage, while a grinning statue of Pan and a parrot, on the right, act as a third centre in the composition, their presence turning the tragedy of the scene to irony.