Medici Prince defends Temple of Peace, study for the decoration of the ceiling of the 'Sala di Marte', Palazzo Pitti, Florence Black chalk Turner 1999 On the left of the drawing, a ship, only the prow of which is visible, approaches a rocky shore on which stands the Temple of Peace, on the opposite side of the sheet. A warrior, personifying the young Medici prince, defends the temple by engaging the vessel and knocking one of its crew over the bowsprit with his spear. In front of the temple, a seated priestess, accompanied by two attendants, holds a book or tablet on a round altar with her left hand and with her right commands the winged figure of Fame to crown the warrior with a laurel wreath, the symbol of victory; Fame's trumpet may be seen in a pentimento drawn to the right of this figure. Flaming sacrificial tripods appear to the right and left of the priestess, while a third tripod has overturned on rocks, extinguishing the flames and spilling the contents into the water. The horseman above Fame, who carries the warrior's helmet towards the temple, is one of the Dioskouroi. Above the horseman are slight indications of the other Dioskouros, apparently holding the warrior's shield to his horse's side. Lines drawn near the lower right edge and towards the lower centre may indicate part of the boundary of the composition.
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