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Pallas and the Centaur by Sandro Botticelli

    Pallas and the Centaur by Sandro Botticelli

    Pallas and the Centaur by Sandro Botticelli was created in ca. 1480 – 1485. The painting is in Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. The size of the work is 207 x 148 cm and is made as an tempera on canvas.

    Like Botticelli’s other paintings with a mythological subject, this work too, showing the young woman armed with a battle axe, intent on dragging a centaur by the hair, presents many doubts in terms of interpretation. Based on what is written in inventories and literary sources from shortly after the creation of the painting, the attractive, proud feminine figure is thought to be Pallas Athena (Minerva), goddess of knowledge, or Camilla, virgin and warrior, who died in battle defending the country, as well as being a fine example of chastity. (Read more in Galleria degli Uffizi)

    About the Artist: Italian painter of the Early Renaissance Sandro Botticelli was born the city of Florence. From around 1461 or 1462 Botticelli was apprenticed to Fra Filippo Lippi. In 1472 Botticelli took on his first apprentice, the young Filippino Lippi, son of his master. Botticelli and Filippino’s works from these years, including many Madonna and Child paintings, are often difficult to distinguish from one another… Read more

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