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The Story of Virginia

Sandro Botticelli

The Story of Virginia

Sandro Botticelli
  • Date: 1496 - 1504
  • Style: Early Renaissance
  • Genre: illustration
  • Media: panel, tempera
  • Tag: fictional-characters, Boccaccio-"The-Decameron", Virginia
  • Dimensions: 85 x 165 cm
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The Story of Virginia (Italian, Storie di Virginia), is a painting by the Italian Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli. It is a tempera on panel and measures 86 cm tall and 165 cm wide. It is currently held by the Accademia Carrara in Bergamo, Italy.

It is one of the last works that Botticelli made exemplifying virtue, like The Story of Lucretia.

The painting has as a fundamental theme of violated honor and matrimonial fidelity. The combination of several scenes in a single image was common in the art of the early Renaissance. These are read from left to right:

This story is developed within a setting of classical architecture, in which the figures are agitated, painted with vibrant colors.

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