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Allegory of the Arts
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Allegory of the Arts

Circa 1600

Germany 17th century

Formerly attributed to Johann Hausser (active 1603)

Pen and ink on paper

Width: 19.4 cm; Height: 19.2 cm;

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Witt, Robert Clermont (Sir); bequest; 1952

About this work
This drawing represents Minerva, the Roman Goddess of the arts, wisdom and war, presiding over painting, sculpture and drawing. Shown wearing a helmet and a flowing mantle, she points to the sky, indicating the divine origin of inspiration. In the centre stands the nude winged figure of Fame who, holding a trumpet that mimics Minerva’s gesture and another that extends to the right, unites both sides of the composition. (Permanent collection label)

This work is not on display
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Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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