(b. 1655, Venezia, d. 1730, Villabona)

Hercules and Omphale

Villa Zenobio, Santa Bona Nuova

The picture shows one of the scenes on the walls of the entrance portego.

The three white faux-rocaille frames that occupy the spaces between the columns contain scenes of poetic-mythological love stories. In the second compartment, a feminised Hercules, leaning against a classical ruin, holds Omphale's spindle, while she amuses herself by putting on the hero's lion skin. A cupid enlivens the scene, playing a drum.

Below the frame a domesticated parrot tied to a small chain is depicted.

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