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image of The Despair of Cephalus Bernardino Luini (artist)
Milanese, c. 1480 - 1532
The Despair of Cephalus, c. 1520/1522
fresco
overall: 181.9 x 118.4 cm (71 5/8 x 46 5/8 in.)
Samuel H. Kress Collection
1943.4.58
Not on View
From the Tour: Fresco Cycle with the Story of Procris and Cephalus
Object 4 of 9

On the distant hill, Cephalus throws up his arms in despair over his fate. Then he attempts to strangle himself with a cord, but his suicide is thwarted by the shepherd. Luini added a few final touches to the frescoes with tempera paints on the dried wall; here, some blossoms and leaves lie on top of the plaster rather than within it.

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