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Pallas and the Centaur c. 1482. The painting by Sandro Botticelli (Alessandro Filipepi)

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Pallas and the Centaur c. 1482

Pallas and the Centaur is a fantastic 204 × 147 cm (80 × 58 in) tempera on canvas by the painter Sandro Botticelli. The work was painted in 1482 or 1483, and like many of the masterpieces by the artist, it belongs to the Uffizi in Florence. It depicts two figures in actual human size. A centaur occupies the painting's left side, while a tall blonde woman holding a beautiful, well-decorated halberd is right. The woman is pulling the centaur's hair, who, in turn, has a disturbed expression. In the first documentation of the painting, the woman was called Camilla, a character from Virgil's Aeneid. Later she was called Minerva, the Roman equivalent of the Greek Pallas Athene.

Pallas and the Centaur was painted on a large vertical canvas. The Medici family initially commissioned the masterpiece, confirmed by a three-ring insignia on Pallas' clothes. Camilla, the first name given to the woman in the painting, was the daughter of King Metabus. She was raised in the woods as a warrior huntress, able to submit a creature like a centaur easily. Probably because of their animal parts, centaurs are usually associated with passion and uncontrollable desire. Because of this, the painting has often been read as the submission of passion by reason and discipline.

Pallas and the Centaur was painted during the 1480s, considered Botticelli's creative peak. The artist had just returned from Rome after participating in the project of the Sistine Chapel. There is a good indication that this was a wedding gift to celebrate Lorenzo Medici's wedding in 1482. Athena is depicted as many women were in Botticelli's pictures: pale skin, tall, slim, long golden hair with curls. Laurel's branches extend through her limbs and form a crown on her head.

A green cape covers part of her shoulders and waist, and she holds an enormous golden halberd. With firmness but delicacy, she is holding the centaur's hair. He has a bow and a pack of arrows on his back. His hair and beard are brown and long, and his expression of suffering is theatrical, contrasting with the serenity on Athena's face. Beyond the two figures, high rock columns are on the left, and even further, there is a sea with boats and a clear sky.

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Pallas and the Centaur c. 1482

Sandro Botticelli (Alessandro Filipepi)

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