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Allegory of the Five Senses  1630

by Pietro Paolini

At first glace, this is simply a scene in a darkened inn frequented by the poor and down-and-out. Embedding a classical allegory (a symbolic image) in such a subject makes it especially intriguing. Each person acts out one of the five senses: sound is represented by the woman with a lute, at center; taste, by the man emptying a flask of wine; smell, by the young man with a...
49 1/4 x 68 1/8 in. (125.1 x 173 cm)
oil on canvas
Courtesy of the Walters Art Museum