Raphael painted this Triumph of Galatea as a fresco in a loggia of the Roman villa of Agostino Chigi, a very rich Sienese banker “who was much the friend of every man of excellence,” as Giorgio Vasari put it. The Farnese family later bought the villa, and it is now know as the Villa Farnesina.

The Triumph of Galatea is Raphael’s only bigger mythological work. His Three Graces are very small, and The Judgement of Paris is not a painting, but a drawing intended solely to be engraved by Marcantonio Raimondi.

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