Allegory of the Arts, Pompeo Girolamo Batoni
Pompeo Girolamo Batoni
Allegory of the Arts
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Pompeo Girolamo Batoni

Allegory of the Arts, 1740


Dimensions
175.4 x 138.0 cm
Physical Description
Canvas
Inventory Number
731
Acquisition
Acquired in 1818
Status
On display

Texts

About the Work

The painting shows five women who embody the arts. Painting is sitting by the easel at the centre of the composition. She has turned towards Poetry, who is standing behind and who provides her with inspiration. Sculpture is sitting at front left and gazes admiringly up at Painting. Architecture and Music have retreated into the background. The Roman artist Batoni also illustrates the supremacy of Painting within the arts with his refined, almost classical-looking style, which disguises every brushstroke.

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Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Allegory of the Arts
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Canvas
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert unten rechts an der Stirnseite des Podiums: Pompejus Battonius Lucensis pinxit. / AN. D. MDCCXL.
Bezeichnet unten rechts auf den Büchern: OMHPOS, VIRGI/LIVS

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum
Acquisition
Acquired in 1818

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Persons Shown
Associated Persons and Institutions

Iconclass

Primary
  • 48C510 'Pictura', symbolic representations, allegories and emblems ~ painting; 'Pittura' (Ripa)
  • 48C20 'Sculptura', symbolic representations, allegories and emblems ~ sculpture; 'Scoltura' (Ripa)
  • 48C10 'Architectura', symbolic representations, allegories and emblems ~ architecture; 'Architettura' (Ripa)
  • 48C70 'Musica', symbolic representations, allegories and emblems ~ music; 'Musica'(Ripa)
  • 48C901 symbolic representations, allegories and emblems ~ poetry; 'Poesia' (Ripa)
Secondary
  • 48B11 workshop, studio of the artist (in general)
  • 48C514 picture, painting
  • 48C515 tools, implements of painter
  • 48C24 piece of sculpture, reproduction of a piece of sculpture
  • 48C25 tools, implements of sculptor
  • 48C15 tools, implements of architect
  • 48C7321 lyre, cithara, psaltery
  • 48C73512 clarinet, bassoon, oboe, shawm
  • 49M32 book
  • 92D4 (story of the) Muses; 'Muse' (Ripa)
  • 92B5 (story of) Mercury (Hermes)
Associative
  • 48C91 writer, poet, author

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15.05.2019