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Giovanni Baglione (1566-1643)

An Allegory of Charity and Justice Reconciled Signed and dated 1622

RCIN 407156

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This work is probably the Justice and Peace embracing each other commissioned in 1617 by Ferdinando Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua. It expresses the idea that Justice must be tempered by Charity, the source and origin of Mercy. Here Justice and Charity are literally chained together, the golden chain held by Divine Wisdom.