The Calumny of Apelles

1560
(Italian, 1520–1582)
(Italian, 1500/04–1557)
Sheet: 37.3 x 32.3 cm (14 11/16 x 12 11/16 in.); Platemark: 36.9 x 31.9 cm (14 1/2 x 12 9/16 in.)
Catalogue raisonné: Lewis & Lewis 27
State: III/VI
Location: not on view
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Description

This allegory of injustice, popular with Renaissance artists for its moral content, is based on a written description of a lost painting by the ancient Greek artist Apelles. An enthroned judge with large ears is flanked by Suspicion and blindfolded Ignorance. He extends a hand to Calumny (Slander), who, helped by Envy, drags a young man by the hair into court. This youth protests his innocence to Truth and Time, who descend on a cloud to reveal Calumny’s lies and vindicate the accused. Deceit stands behind Calumny with a large net, while Repentance casts an apologetic glance toward Truth from beside the window.
The Calumny of Apelles

The Calumny of Apelles

1560

Giorgio Ghisi, Luca Penni

(Italian, 1520–1582), (Italian, 1500/04–1557)
Italy, 16th century

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