Vision of a Knight (Raphael)

Vision of a Knight (Raphael)

Infobox Painting|

title=Vision of a Knight
artist=Raphael
year=circa 1504
type=Egg tempera on poplar
height=17.1
width=17.1
city=London
museum=National Gallery

"The Vision of a Knight" or "The Dream of Scipio" or "Allegory" is a small egg tempera painting on poplar by the Italian Renaissance artist Raphael, finished in 1504. It is in the National Gallery in London. It probably formed a pair with the Three Graces panel, also 17 cm square, now in the Château de Chantilly museum.

The theme is controversial. Some authorities intend the sleeping knight to represent the Roman general Scipio Africanus (236 - 184 BC) who was dreaming to choose between Virtue (behind whom is a steep and rocky path) and Pleasure (in looser robes). However, the two feminine figures are not presented as contestants. They may represent the ideal attributes of the knight: the book, sword and flower which they hold suggest the ideals of scholar, soldier and lover which a knight should combine.

External links

* [http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/cgi-bin/WebObjects.dll/CollectionPublisher.woa/wa/work?workNumber=NG213 Details of the piece, National Gallery]


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