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Allegory of Peace and Justice

Corrado Giaquinto (Italian, 1703-1766)


Called by Ferdinando VI in 1753 to the Spanish court, Giaquinto would spend nearly a decade in Spain, where he was named first painter to the king and director of the Madrid academy. Engaged in many large-scale decorative projects, Giaquinto left behind a sizeable body of preparatory studies. This sketch is a study for a painting for the Royal Palace, Madrid. The allegory alludes to Ferdinando’s just, prosperous, and peaceful reign. Clad in luminous pink and white, Peace holds an olive branch in her hand, while her companion, Justice, is seated above a sword and scales. The dead youth refers to the resolution of the War of Succession waged under the king’s father, Felipe V.

Object Information

artist
Corrado Giaquinto (Italian, 1703-1766)
creation date
1753-54
materials
oil on canvas
dimensions
16-1/8 x 27-1/4 in.
accession number
1996.173
credit line
Marian and Harold Victor Fund
copyright
Public Domain
collection
European Painting and Sculpture to 1945
colors