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Full title Allegory of Patience
Artist Giorgio Vasari
Artist dates 1511 - 1574
Date made 1552
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 197.8 × 108.8 cm
Inscription summary inscribed
Acquisition credit On loan from The Klesch Collection
Inventory number L1270
Location Room 9
Art route(s) B and C
Image copyright On loan from The Klesch Collection, © On loan from The Klesch Collection
Collection Main Collection
Allegory of Patience
Giorgio Vasari
The woman, huddling in the cold, personifies the virtue of patience. She waits as drops from the water clock, ever so slowly, wear out the stone, while the inscribed motto translates as 'enduring patience'. The monumentality of the figure and iridescent colours are indebted to Michelangelo, who likely provided its design.
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