(b. 1450, Citta della Pieve, d. 1523, Perugia)

Combat of Love and Chastity

Canvas, 160 x 191 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris

This painting was commissioned by Isabella d'Este (1474-1539) for her studiolo. The artist was given a detailed iconographic program drawn up by the court humanist and astrologer Paride Ceresara Perugino began the commission in 1503 following the minute instructions provided. After many disagreements and disappointments, he finished the painting in 1505.