This work was formerly ascribed to Jacopo del Sellaio. The subject may be an allegory of fertility. It may ultimately depend on Botticelli's Venus and Mars and may once have had a similar function as part of the furnishings of a patrician bedchamber, perhaps installed close to, or over, the bed.

Key facts

Artist
Full title
An Allegory
Date made
about 1500
Medium and support
Tempera and oil on wood
Dimensions
92.1 x 172.7 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1874
Inventory number
NG916
Location in Gallery

Further information

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