(b. 1503, Firenze, d. 1572, Firenze)

Allegory of Happiness

Oil on copper, 40 x 30 cm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

The painting was commissioned by the Prince Regent Francesco de' Medici.

This complex allegory represents Happiness (in the centre) with Cupid, flanked by Justice and Prudence. At her feet are Time and Fortune, with the wheel of destiny and the enemies of peace lying humiliated on the ground. Above the head of Happiness is Fame sounding a trumpet, and Glory holding a laurel garland. This Happiness, with the cornucopia, is a triumph of pink and blue; the naked bodies of the figures are smooth, almost stroked by the colour as if they were precious stones - round and well-defined those of the young women, haggard and leaden that of the old man.

© Web Gallery of Art, created by Emil Krén and Daniel Marx.