Socrates on The Mount Of Knowledge

Socrates on The Mount Of Knowledge

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Caption: Detail from the mosaic panel (1505-6) designed by Bernadino di Betto (Pinturicchio) and set in the floor of the Duomo of Siena. It depicts the ancient philosopher Socrates in the “Allegory of the Mount of Knowledge”. This complex allegory shows other wise men climbing a mountain towards the goddess of wisdom Sapientia, showing that the road to wisdom is a difficult one.

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Keywords: allegory, betto, fortune, hill, iconography, knowledge, mount, philosopher, pinturicchio, renaissance, sages, siena, socrates, wisdom, wise men

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