(b. 1445, Firenze, d. 1510, Firenze)

Calumny of Apelles (detail)

Tempera on panel
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

Remorse as an old woman, turning to face the naked Truth. Botticelli based his figure of Truth on the classical type of the Venus pudica, as well as his own depictions of Venus. She is a naked beauty, an effective opposite to the personification of Remorse, an old, grief-stricken woman in threadbare clothes. Truth, like the innocent youth, is almost naked as she has nothing to conceal. The eloquent gestures and expression of the only towering figure in the painting are pointing up towards heaven, where a higher justice will be meted out.