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Fortitude, Prudence and Vigilance


RCIN 906018

In 1578 Francesco de’ Medici commissioned Allori to complete a fresco cycle, begun many years earlier, in the Villa Medici outside Florence. Over a door in the Salone, Allori painted personifications of Fortitude, with club and lion; Prudence, with mirror, serpent and double face; and Vigilance, with sun and taper for watching both day and night. They bestride a dragon, the globe, and military trophies, symbolising the spiritual and temporal triumph of the Medici. No. 24

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