An Allegory of Love

Garofalo worked at Ferrara and this ambitious composition of about 1530, probably a court commission, reflects the influence of the mythological paintings sent to that city by Titian in the 1520s. Its subject is mysterious: a contrast may be intended between the two pairs of lovers. An episode in a romance involving twins is also a possibility.

Key facts

Artist dates
about 1481 - 1559
Full title
An Allegory of Love
Date made
probably about 1527-39
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
127 x 177.8 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1860
Inventory number
Location in Gallery