The Combat of Love and Chastity

The painting seems to have been part of a series illustrating the 'Triumphs' by the poet Petrarch (1304 - 1374). Love's arrows break against Chastity's shield; she waves the chain with which he will be bound. A companion painting in Turin shows Love bound in Chastity's triumphal chariot.

Other paintings in the series also survive. They were probably made for a piece of Florentine furniture towards the end of the 15th century.

Key facts

Artist dates
1444/5 - 1497
Full title
The Combat of Love and Chastity
Date made
probably 1475-1500
Medium and support
Tempera on wood
42.5 x 34.9 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1885
Inventory number
Location in Gallery