(b. ca. 1499, Roma, d. 1546, Mantova)


Sala di Psiche, Palazzo del Tè, Mantua

This fresco is located in the centre of the east wall, between the two windows.

Opposite the entrance door, in the line of sight of those passing into the room, sits giant, muscular Polyphemus - the prototype of a man tortured by ardent passion, an image of physical virility wedged into a rocky crag. He reclines, alone and lovelorn in his cave, the enormous club remains leaning between his legs. Galatea and her lover embrace by the seashore in the distance.

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