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The Triumph of Chastity: Love Disarmed and Bound
Luca Signorelli
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This picture, painted in fresco (directly onto wet plaster) was part of the decoration of a room in the palace of the ruling Petrucci family of Siena. Two others survive in the National Gallery’s collection.

Love – the naked youth with multi-coloured wings – is chased, captured and finally bound by Chastity, symbolised by a virtuous woman dressed in white. She is Laura, the hero of The Triumph of Chastity, a poem by the fourteenth-century Italian poet Petrarch. For Petrarch, Laura was the model of female beauty and virtue; she exemplified the power of Chastity to conquer the wild lust of erotic love.

The frescoes were made to celebrate a family wedding, and so chastity – seen as essential within marriage, the cornerstone of Renaissance society – was a fitting subject.

Key facts
Artist Luca Signorelli
Artist dates about 1440/50 - 1523
Full title The Triumph of Chastity: Love Disarmed and Bound
Series Three Frescoes from Palazzo del Magnifico, Siena
Date made about 1509
Medium and support Fresco, detached and mounted on canvas
Dimensions 125.7 x 133.4 cm
Inscription summary Signed
Acquisition credit Bought, 1874
Inventory number NG910
Location in Gallery Room 53
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Three Frescoes from Palazzo del Magnifico, Siena

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These three paintings in fresco (painted directly on to wet plaster) once decorated the walls of a room in the Petrucci family palace in Siena. Each wall was painted with two frescoes, positioned on either side of a doorway or window. The ceiling, which can be seen at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, contained 20 frescoes of mythological scenes, divided by carved, painted and gilded stucco (plaster), produced by Pintoricchio and his workshop. At the centre was the Petrucci coat of arms, surrounded by flying putti (cherubs).

The frescoes were commissioned by Pandolfo Petrucci to celebrate the marriage of his son to the niece of Pope Pius III. The occasion provided an opportunity to show off his fashionable interest in classical history – through scenes from ancient Greek and Roman literature and history, the frescoes illustrate family values and the virtues important to marriage.

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