SEEN THIS PAINTING?
LUNETTE 1 - Le
Pieridi trasformate in cornachie
'The Pierids transformed
after Francesco Salviati
Ovid, Metamorphoses 5:
294-314 and 602-678
This is one of the lesser
known episodes depicted in renaissance art. It refers to the contest between
the Nine Virgins called the Pierides and the Nine Muses. The Pierides challenged
the Muses to a singing contest on the banks of the spring Hippocrene here
depicted as a fountain. For their audacity, they were turned into crows
which you see here in the centre tree.
Any information about the
whereabouts of the lunettes can be directed to Raichel Le Goff of Trinity
College, Oxford who is conducting research on the Palazzo. All information
will be treated with the utmost confidentiality.
You can e-mail
R. Le Goff or you can write to her at:
A.pt BARBERINI, 20 via dei
Benci, Florence 50122 Italy. Telephone 055-242521
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