Piero di Cosimo, Allegory, 1500 (?), National Gallery of Art, Washington, Samuel H. Kress Collection.
The wall label copy for Allegory (above) says the winged woman becomes a human form of an idea, "the triumph of virtue over human passion." Meanwhile, the mermaid at the bottom of the painting is supposedly a symbol of lust. Is she searching for more victims? Or, attempting to escape the angel who may overtake the siren? Let's discuss.
Where: Main Floor, West Building, National Gallery of Art, between Third and Seventh streets at Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. On the Mall.
Admission: No charge
Metro stations: Smithsonian, Federal Triangle, Navy Memorial-Archives, or L'Enfant Plaza
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