(b. 1528, Verona, d. 1588, Venezia)

Prudence and Manly Virtue

Villa Barbaro, Maser

In the Stanza del Lucerna there are once again two pairs of allegorical figures, on the one side Prudence with her traditional attribute, the mirror; leaning on her is an older man with the attributes of Hercules, a lion's skin and a club, who is the personification of Manly Virtue. On the other side is the curious image of a man who has put a bridle on a woman. The bridle and measuring rod are the attributes of Nemesis, thus in this allegory the man assumes the role of Nemesis.