Pietro da Cortona Pierre de Cortone

Moral Knowledge and Minerva Foresaking the Drunken Silenus and Venus

c. 1633
This important compositional drawing is for the artist's major commission¿the fresco decoration of the main hall in the Palazzo Barberini in Rome. It is the artist's early rendering of a complex subject¿Divine Assistance in the guise of Minerva impelling the allegorical Moral Knowledge from the group of lascivious figures at the right.
Title
Moral Knowledge and Minerva Foresaking the Drunken Silenus and Venus
Date
c. 1633
Medium
Drawing
Materials
black chalk on buff laid paper, laid down on heavy laid paper
Dimensions
27.8 x 41.9 cm
Nationality
Italian
Credit line
Purchased 1952
Accession number
6134

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