LIBERI, Pietro
(b. 1605, Padova, d. 1687, Venezia)

Ceiling in the Foresteria (detail)

Villa Foscarini Negrelli Rossi, Stra

At the centre of the ceiling, a space opens up to a light blue sky, in which, derived from Ripa's Iconologia, Eternity, seated on a celestial sphere, raises up the sun and the moon in her hands. She is surrounded by the winged figure of Fame, holding a trumpet and a laurel wreath, by Glory and Honour, and by Virtue. Beneath Eternity, facing the viewers, is Splendour of the Name, in the form of a mature, bearded man who holds the club of Hercules in his right hand and a lighted torch in his left.

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