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Allegory of Life (The Dream of Raphael): Gallery Label - Current


Minneapolis Institute of Arts



Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Among the many creatures inhabiting this dense landscape, we can spy a triton, a dragon, and a centaur. The Latin inscription near the feet of the old man is from the Aeneid: "The unhappy one sits and will sit forever." The message refers to Theseus, who was trapped in Hades for his lustful transgressions. His boat is in no condition to cross the river Styx. Yet, the woman at the right offers him hope for redemption if not release: "Do not yield to adversities, but go out and meet them bravely." In the courtly context from which this emerged, the woman has both Christian and political significance.
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Type: Commentary, Gallery Label - Current
Source: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Rights: Copyright Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Added to Site: March 10, 2009