Technique and condition
The paint is oil and was applied exclusively by brush in a very fluid and possibly quite vigorous manner. The brushstrokes are mostly broad and much use was made of a wet-in-wet technique. The paint is generally matt and opaque. Most areas consist of at least two layers of paint with the occasional build up reasonable impasto in the figures. There is some indication of a few minor compositional changes to the work during its execution. For example, there is a strong horizontal brushstroke in Apollo's stomach, which may have corresponded to the initial placing of the drapery which is now found lower down his body.
The painting is not varnished. The painting was acquired unframed. Although generally in a very good condition, it was felt that the painting was quite sensitive to environmental fluctuations and mechanical abrasion. It was therefore decided to frame it to ensure that its condition was preserved for as long as possible. The present frame was made with the artist's approval in 1994.