An Allegory of the Virtues of Federico II Gonzaga  1530

by Giulio Romano

Seated on the edge of a cloud, in the center of the bottom of this drawing, a personification of the city of Mantua reaches out to receive a book from another figure at the right. Others circle above her holding in their hands such attributes as a globe, a lute, and a wreath. The god Mercury, identifiable by his winged helmet, hovers in the upper right corner. [br] Giuli...
24.9 x 31.8 cm
Pen and brown ink with black chalk and white gouache used for corrections
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