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16th Italy Villa Lante

Apollo and Marsyas, Casino, Villa Lante

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Apollo and Marsyas, Casino, Villa Lante
Music as princely rule of higher intellectual music over lower, rustic music became a common theme in Renaissance and Baroque court art . Apollo's victory over Pan and Marsyas and that of Orpheus over the animals represented the innate superiority of courtly human nature even while redefining noble in the more intellectual and cultural terms promoted heavily by Renaissance humanism as a "natural nobility".
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