Combat between Reason and Passion, after Baccio Bandinelli
43.1 cm x 57.5 cm (16 15/16 in. x 22 5/8 in.)
(Thionville or Lunéville, France, 1507 or 1515 - circa 1565, Rome)
Medium and Support:
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, The Leo Steinberg Collection, 2002
Two male figures representing Passion, on the left, and Reason, on the right, shoot arrows at one another while the gods watch. According to their temperaments and associations, the groups can be identified as Passion on the left and Reason on the right. A female figure holding a flaming heart––possibly a personification of neo-Platonic love and the soul’s yearning to re-unite with the transcendental––is suspended between the two groups. This complex allegory was the last of Bandinelli’s three major designs for print.