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Minerva Dressing


Artist

Fontana Lavinia
(Bologna 1552 - Rome 1614)

Type

painting

Period

'400 - '500

Inventory

7

Technique

oil on canvas, cm 258 x 190

Datable with certainty to 1613 because of the inscription found near the putto’s foot, the work was in Scipione Borghese’s collection from the moment it was finished. It was executed in Rome, to which the artist pays homage through the dome of St. Peter’s in the background.
The painting portrays Minerva, who has just cast off her weapons to put on a dress, which was unusual for her. In perspective in the background are a spear, an olive tree, and an owl, the usual attributes of the warrior goddess.