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Fresco Cycle with the Story of Procris and Cephalus

offers nine frescoes depicting the mythological tale of Princess Procris and Prince Cephalus of Attica, a story of wedded bliss ravaged by distrust found in Book VII of the Metamorphoses by the ancient Roman poet Ovid (43 B.C.-A.D. 17). These nine paintings by Bernardino Luini are the only examples of an Italian Renaissance fresco series in America. Visitors can learn about the artist, the fresco technique, and more. (National Gallery of Art)

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Bernardino Luini, 'The Despair of Cephalus,' c. 1520/1522. Samuel H. Kress Collection, 1943.4.58

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