Allegory of Painting

Walters Art Museum

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A woman contemplates her image in a mirror. She holds a painter's palette and a brush. A cherub holds the mirror, indicating this is not an image of a real painter, but rather an allegory of art itself. Drawing on Cesare Ripa's illustrated Iconologia, Corvi portrays Painting as a “beautiful woman, with full black hair" and a mask.

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