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Allegory of Temperance
Berruguete, Alonso
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Berruguete, Alonso

Paredes de Navas, Palencia (Spain), 1488 - Toledo (Spain), 1561

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Allegory of Temperance

1513 - 1516. Oil on panel.
Room 057B

This painting is among the few known works from Berruguete’s formative years in Florence and Rome, the latter depicted in the background. The bridle bit, the hand on the breast and the laurel wreath allude to the subjugation of the instincts by reason and temperament.

Technical data

Inventory number
Berruguete, Alonso
Allegory of Temperance
1513 - 1516
Height: 69.7 cm; Width: 52.6 cm
Acquired by the Museo del Prado with funds from the bequest of Carmen Sánchez García, 2017

Bibliography +

Longhi, R, Comprimari spagnoli della maniera italiana, Paragone, 43, 1953.

Mazariegos Pajares, J, Alonso Berruguete, pintor, Institución Tello Téllez de Meneses, Palencia, 1979.

Redondo Cantera, María José., Alonso Berruguete pintor y la creación de su mito artístico., Hedra,, 2004.

Arias Martínez, Manuel, Alonso Berruguete: prometeo de la escultura, Diputación Provincial de Palencia, 2011, pp. 64.

Mozzati, T., 'Alonso Berruguete o Giovan Francesco Bembo. Salomé' En:, Norma e capriccio. Spagnoli in Italia agli esordi della maniera moderna, 2013.

Ruiz, Leticia, "Alegoría de la Templanza" en Memoria de actividades 2017 Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2018, pp. 20-22.

Dickerson, Alonso Berruguete: First Sculptor of Renaissance Spain, National Gallery of Art ; Meadows Museum,, 2019, pp. 30 y 31.

Ruiz, L, 'Alonso Berruguete. Alegoría de la Templanza' En:, El legado de Carmen Sánchez: "La última lección", Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2021, pp. 28-32 nº.1.

Other inventories +

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (iniciado en 1856). Núm. 2948.

Exhibitions +

The Carmen Sánchez Bequest. The Ultimate Lesson
23.03.2021 - 24.10.2021

Location +

Room 057B (On Display)

Update date: 22-12-2021 | Registry created on 13-03-2019

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