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

Mortal Man Guided to Divine Eternity

1560-61
Fresco
Villa Barbaro, Maser

The allegory on the ceiling in the Stanza del Lucerna depicts mortal man guided to divine eternity by Charity and Faith. It is characterized entirely by Christian iconography. The figure of Charity, clad in red, entrusts a poor, half-naked man to Faith. While Charity places her foot on the worldly goods that must be renounced by the believer, Fides points to heaven where above a rainbow one can see the snake of eternity biting its own tail.




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