POLLAIUOLO, Piero del
(b. 1441, Firenze, d. 1496, Roma)

Temperance

1470
Tempera on panel, 167 x 87 cm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

Six paintings of the same size, representing the six virtues, were executed in 1470 as the backs for chairs in the hall of the Tribunale di Mercanzia.

Pollaiuolo set his Temperance right back in the pictorial space, probably in order to demonstrate the perspective qualities of his painting. This also provided enough space for his figure to make an expansive gesture with which she gives an effective display other attributes. The symbol of her temperance is the wide arc of water that she is pouring into a bowl containing wine.