Pallas and the Centaur (c.1482) was painted by Sandro

Pallas and the Centaur (c.1482) was painted by Sandro

5/24/2021, 8:00:25 PM
Pallas and the Centaur (c.1482) was painted by Sandro Botticelli in the heyday of his career. He painted it in between his two most famous paintings, La Primavera (1477-1482) and The Birth of Venus (1482-1485). And just like those two paintings, the interpretation of this painting is also not completely clear. On the left is a centaur, a mythical creature that is half man, half horse. They are known for their strong animal instincts and are wild and lawless. He is holding his bow and arrows. The woman on the left is probably Pallas Athena, the goddess of wisdom, handicraft, and warfare. She holds a large halberd. The goddess grabs the centaur by the hair, and allegorical message that we sometimes need to stop the bad temperament and actions of others. This is the most common interpretation, but the woman has been identified as various different people, including Florencia (the personification of Florence) and the mythological Camilla, who was a virgin and warrior. #Art #Painting #Artwork #ArtHistory #HistoryofArt #OilPainting #OilonCanvas #Botticelli #SandroBotticelli #Myth #Mythology #Centaur #PallasAthena #Athena #Mysterious #Virtue #Temper #BadTemper #ItalianArt #ItalianArtist #ItalianPainter #Renaissance

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