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

Prudence and Manly Virtue

1560-61
Fresco
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.




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