Name: Chris Iverson
Comments: Amazing painting! It makes me want to know more about the story behind it... the centaur is so tormented...why? I will definately reasearch this peice more!
Comments: During the
Renaissance Pallas was known as the goddess of
reason. It was a favorite of the Renaissance
humanists to portray Athena with a
Centaur -- diametrical opposites. Athena was
known as a genteel woman with high intellect,
while the Centaur was described
as a wild beast. The Centaur is said to represent
man's lower, party animal nature. Centaurs were
lecherous, brutal, and
drunken creatures. In the paintings Athena is
usually shown grasping a centaur by the hair
on his head as he cringes and trys to
pull away, representing the hold civilization
has on the animal within man.
Comments: Fantastic representation of both. Love Palls' experssion, it seems to convey her compasion for the centaur.
Comments: this is a great masterpiece! I am one of Botticelli"s greatests fans. Pallas' pose is very similiar to tjat of Venus in the birth of venus.
Comments: The humbling of man. The touch of Ahtena, Goddess of wisdom, is the knowlegde of what makes men human of man.. And knowlegde hurts, especially the knowledge passed on by a godess. Mr Centaur doesn't seem to be handling it too well, does he?
Index of Artists
||Alberti, Leon Battista|
Angelico, Fra Giovanni
Bellini, Jacopo, Giovanni, and Gentile
da Correggio, Antonio
da Fontormo, Jacopo
da Panicale, Masolino
da Settingnano, Desiderio
da Urbino, Bramante
da Vinci, Leonardo
del Sarto, Andrea
di Cosimo, Piero
Francesca, Piero Della
Gallo, Guillano and Antonio
Lippi, Fra Filippo
Pollajuolo, Antonio and Piero
Quercia, Jacopo Dalla
Robbia, Luca Della