Francesco Furini, Painting and Poetry, 1626

The personifications of Painting and Poetry embrace for a kiss, representing the relationship that the two arts have with one another. Painting has one breast exposed, holds brushes and a palette in one hand, and a mask in the other, representing how painting is imitation of Nature. Poetry holds a pen and her inkwell rests upon a scroll that reads “CONCORDI LVMINE MAIOR,” meaning “Concord is stronger than light.”

See Martijn Caspar Swart’s painting based on this and a print gifted to him by his teacher Odd Nerdrum. Swart’s exhibition is up now at Figure Ground Art Gallery – read the review:

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