Aug 23, 2006

Allegorical Figure Holding a Sphere

Allegorical Figure Holding a Sphere

mid 1560s

Giorgio Ghisi

(Italian, 1520-1582)

possibly after Giulio Romano

(Italian, 1492/99-1546)


Support: Cream(3) laid paper

Sheet: 24 x 13.4 cm (9 7/16 x 5 1/4 in.)

Dudley P. Allen Fund 1972.149

Catalogue raisonné: Lewis&Boorsch 38



Giorgio Ghisi (Italian, 1520/21-1582)

Allegorical Figure Holding a Sphere
(after Giulio Romano?), mid-1560s

Dudley P. Allen Fund 1972.149

Scholars disagree about the identity of this allegorical personification.
She has been variously described as Victory, Fortune, Temperance, and the
Primum Mobile (Prime Mover), believed to be a force that generated
celestial motion.

See also
PR - Engraving
Type of artwork: 
Credit line: 
Dudley P. Allen Fund

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