Batoni also does a magnificent job in the fine details of the painting, most notably in the shadows of the garments and the intricacies of the ironwork of the armor and shield adorned by Ares. These are, however, not the only intricacies which stand out within this painting. Batoni also shows careful attention to detail in the trees, the leaves, the small portion of sky, the finger nails (one word), and the faces of which we will discuss more in depth later on. The care taken by Batoni, or any artist for that matter, in the intricacies of detail is (are) one thing that no replication of a painting can ever hope to reproduce.
Looking deeper into the meaning of Batoni's allegory, we begin with the division of the background. The h...
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...borderline obsession with Ancient Greek and Roman mythology, history, and literature that gave him a "formidable ability to conceive and execute arresting history pictures (138). Additionally, it is written that Batoni was unwilling to part with the painting (138). While he is known for having painted numerous portraits, his personal affection towards select paintings have made them intriguing as to the purpose behind their creation. In modern day terms, we can probably conclude that his love for antiquity and art led to a passion for projects such as his "Allegory of Peace and War."
Bowron, Edgar Peters., Peter Björn. Kerber, and Pompeo Batoni. Pompeo Batoni: Prince of Painters in Eighteenth-century Rome. New Haven: Yale UP, 2007. 100-50. Print.
Matthews, Ruppert. "Origins of Saluting." History Extra. Immediate Media, 08 Nov. 2011. Web. 03 May 2014.
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