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Love Prisoner to Wisdom

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A sonnet by Petrarch, an early Renaissance poet and humanist, described the triumph of chastity over sensuality. Here, the owl behind chained Cupid symbolizes wisdom-thus, prudence is restraining reckless love. White-marble sculpture inspired by classical and Renaissance prototypes became...

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Provenance

Mrs. Horatio Greenough, Boston.

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Horatio Greenough

1836

Object Place

Florence, Italy

Dimensions

Overall: 109.9 x 31.8 x 36.8 cm, 70.3 kg (43 1/4 x 12 1/2 x 14 1/2 in., 155 lb.)

Accession Number

92.2643

Medium or Technique

Marble

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Sculpture