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Allegorical Female Figure Giovanni Serodine (1600-1631)

Allegorical Female Figure

Giovanni Serodine (1600-1631)

  • TITLE

    : Allegorical Female Figure
  • AUTHOR

    : Giovanni Serodine (1600-1631)
  • INVENTARIO

    :
  • DATE

    : c. 1626
  • TYPE

    : Painting
  • TECNIQUE

    : Oil on canvas
  • DIMENSIONS

    : 89 × 124 cm
  • SUBJECT

    : Allegory
  • SCUOLA PITTORICA

    : 17th century painting
  • ROOM

    : 16

This painting is open to various interpretations, partly due to the symbolism of the many objects that fill the scene and that surround this enigmatic female figure who is shown pressing against her breast. It has been suggested, for example, that this is an allegory of Melancholy, or of Science. However, it is probably Philosophy nourishing and feeding the various liberal arts: the armillary sphere alludes to astronomy, the lute to music, the pair of compasses and the plumb-rule to geometry, mathematics and architecture, and the open books refer to the sciences in general. Lastly, we can see how the woman is holding the rod of authority and indeed Philosophy not only nourishes the arts (the pressed breast), but is also their apex and queen (the sceptre).

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  • TITLE

    Allegorical Female Figure
  • AUTHOR

    Giovanni Serodine (1600-1631)
  • INVENTARIO

  • DATE

    c. 1626
  • TYPE

    Painting
  • TECNIQUE

    Oil on canvas
  • DIMENSIONS

    89 × 124 cm
  • SUBJECT

    Allegory
  • SCUOLA PITTORICA

    17th century painting
  • ROOM

    16

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