An Allegory of Fame

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Girolamo Troppa
Born Rocchetta, Sabina, Italy, c1636-1710

An Allegory of Fame, c1660-70

Oil on canvas
Presented by Mrs Anstruther Duncan of Naughton
Museum Number 127-1912

The 14th century Italian poet Petrarch wrote a series of poems known as the Triumphs. The poems celebrate the six Victories of Love, Chastity, Death, Fame, Time and Faith. Here, Fame is identified, literally blowing her own trumpet. She rescues the poet (crowned with laurels) and the painter (holding brushes) from the tomb. Thus art lives on after death.

An Allegory of Fame
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