Pallas casting out vices from the garden of virtues, Andrea Mantenya
- Posted by Andrea Mantenya
- Museum: Louvre
- Year: Around 1499-1502
Overview of the painting :
Pallas casting out vices from the garden of virtues – Andrea Mantenya. Around 1499-1502
Mantenia wrote this canvas (approx. 1499-1502) for the Duchess of Mantua, likening her to Minerva (Athene). In the picture, Pallas runs in, dispersing everyone in his path and looking at the sky, where Moderation, Justice and Persistence are in the clouds. Behind her, a female figure turns into a tree, accused of a scroll asking Virtues to punish the Thieves. On the right, Ungratefulness and the exorcous Greed drag the clenched Ignorance, followed by a satir and a centaur on which a naked woman embodies sensual love. A monkey with bags of evil symbolizes the Indomitable Hatred, the Evil and the Cheating, and Laziness leads an armless Celebration on the rope. Women in blue and green robes near Pallas can mean Diana and Chastity.
TASK OF GOODELS AND POROKOV. Opposite vices and virtues are often shown fighting, for example, Faith with Idolopology, Modesty with Pride, and Chastity with Lust, or they are placed opposite each other in niches, such as in the cycle of narrative photos of Jotto. Since the Renaissance Minerva, Apollo, Diana and Mercury have always been on the side of Virtues, and Venus and Cupid are on the side of the Thresholds.