you seen this painting?
LUNETTE 2 - Aracne
sfida Minerva "Minerva Challenged by Arachne"
after Francesco Salviati
Ovid, Metamorphoses 6:
The scene shows Arachne
a young woman of Lydia who was famed for her skill in weaving sitting at
the loom. A group of nymphs watches her weave a miraculous cloth depicting
the loves of the gods. Minerva was so enraged by this and envious of Arachne's
skill that she tore the cloth to pieces. Overcome with grief Arachne tires
to hang herself but at the last moment Minerva takes pity on the girl and
transforms her into a spider dangling from a thread. Minerva is usually
shown wearing her armour but in this scene such a costume is not evident.
It is unlikely the goddess is represented as the old woman who lunges toward
Arachne so she may be one of the figures standing.
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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