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Pallas Athene

c. 1531-8

Oil on canvas | 64.0 x 45.4 cm (support, canvas/panel/stretcher external) | RCIN 405765

An inscription on the brooch identifies this figure as Athena, the goddess of warfare and wisdom and the patron of Athens. Her elongated and idealised features are thrown into bright light, catching the shimmer of her golden locks and the gems on her breastplate and culminating in a breathtaking harmony of elegance and radiance.

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