Pallas and the Centaur

All Titles

  • Pallas and the Centaur
  • Pallas Athena (Minerva) and the Centaur
  • View: Overall view without frame

Dublin Core

Title

Pallas and the Centaur
Pallas Athena (Minerva) and the Centaur
View: Overall view without frame

Subject

allegory; deities; mythology (Classical); Athena (Greek deity); Medici family; fantastic animals; centaurs; Minerva; government

Description

The painting was "discovered" in a dark back passage of the Palazzo Pitti in 1895 by William Blundell Spence and is now in the Uffizi. The painting was commissioned by Lorenzo di Pierfrancesco de’ Medici (1463-1503) as decoration for a room in his town palazzo. The iconography has been debated and the female figure has been alternately described as "Camilla" or as a representation of the city of Florence, "Florentia." It probably does allude to good government. The Neo-Platonic world picture, in which Reason plays a mediating role in the conflict between body and spirit, forms the background to many allegorical representations, such as Botticelli’s Minerva and a Centaur (ca. 1482-3; Florence, Uffizi).

Creator

Sandro Botticelli (Italian painter, ca. 1444-1510)

Source

Description: Grove Art Online; http://www.oxfordartonline.com/

Date

ca. 1482-1483 (creation)

Rights

publicDomain

Format

tempera paint on canvas
207 cm (height) x 148 cm (width)

Type

painting (visual work)

Identifier

bott091x.jpg

Coverage

Galleria degli Uffizi (Florence, Tuscany, Italy) inventario Depositi, n. 29; Piazzale degli Uffizi 6
Renaissance

Files

Citation

Sandro Botticelli (Italian painter, ca. 1444-1510), “Pallas and the Centaur,” Institute Images Online, accessed October 19, 2017, http://westerncivart.com/items/show/2772.

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