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Vasari’s “Allegory of Patience” still draws amazement

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The 'Allegory of Patience' greatly influenced 16th-century Europe

This painting — designed by Giorgio Vasari but painted by a lesser-known Spaniard named Gaspar Becerra — was one of the most important in Europe in the 16th century because it was the first time virtue was depicted in such a way. It was commissioned in 1550 by a bishop who wanted a ground-breaking painting depicting character and virtue. Vasari succeeded. Part of the Medici family collection, “The Allegory of Patience” had a huge impact on the art world and on many European courts.

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