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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 âAllegory of the Mount of Knowledgeâ. 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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