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Combat between Reason and Passion, after Baccio Bandinelli

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Combat between Reason and Passion, after Baccio Bandinelli

1545
16th century
43.1 cm x 57.5 cm (16 15/16 in. x 22 5/8 in.)

Nicolas Beatrizet (Thionville or Lunéville, France, 1507 or 1515 - circa 1565, Rome) Primary

Object Type: print
Artist Nationality: Europe, French
Medium and Support: Engraving
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, The Leo Steinberg Collection, 2002
Accession Number: 2002.1656

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.

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