Gustave Moreau

Apollo Victorious over Python

before 1885
Armed with bow and arrows, Apollo, god of the sun, descends in a glory of light to defeat the dark serpent, Python. The symbolism of this battle between the powers of good, represented by the idealized young god, and the powers of evil - the coiled reptile defending its idol - appealed to the artist's sense of drama.
Title
Apollo Victorious over Python
Date
before 1885
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on mahogany
Dimensions
23.1 x 16.5 cm
Nationality
French
Credit line
Purchased 1968
Accession number
15705

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