Donald R Ricker
Ripa's ICONOLOGIE was written as a source book for artists who wished to please royalty with their allegorical depictions. Each of the arts has a characteristic female representative with different objects or attributes, and Pintura has been imagined a bit more rampant than perhaps Ripa expected. Hanging ten on her pallette surfboard she is clothed in the seasons and holy fire runs down her outstretched arm. She holds not only the self-portrait but the portrait artist himself. In this study she grasps a golden necklace with a heart shaped locket.
Iconologia | Next painting | Paintings page | Drawings page