'The Fall of Phaeton', plaquette

'The Fall of Phaeton', plaquette

'The Fall of Phaeton'
Plaquette
After Galeazzo Mondella, called Moderno (1467-1528)
North Italy
About 1475-1500
Bronze
Museum no. A.434-1910
Salting Bequest

This plaquette is based on a Renaissance cameo though it appears in a number of variants. It shows Phaeton, son of Helios, the sun god. Phaeton's attempt to drive his father's chariot ended in disaster when he set fire to the earth and tumbled into the River Po.