Die Einführung des Ganymed in den Olymp (van Loo)
Deckengemälde / Ceiling painting
Ausschnitte / Details
A drape covers the cartouche which, in the artist's preliminary sketch, displayed a crown and the initials FR (Fridericus Rex). The intentional concealing of Frederick's name in the final work was interpreted by contemporaries as indicative of his modesty.
Above the table of the gods, the Muses make music. From left to right (with their attributes): Euterpe: lyric poetry (flute), Erato: lyric poetry (stringed instrument), Terpsichore: dance (lyra, dance step), Clio: history (stylus), Calliope: epic poetry (book), Melpomene: tragedy (wreath of grape leaves), Polyhymnia: song (in a pensive pose), Urania: astronomy (globe), Thalia: comedy (mask).
To the left of the table of the gods, Flora prepares garlands.
To the right of the table of the gods, Dionysus pours wine.
A putto pelts the assembled company below with roses.
Cupid spans his bow.