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Reason Ordering Temperance to Restrain Avarice

Image credit: Warrington Museum & Art Gallery

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This allegorical painting depicts Reason (a crowned woman with a lion on a leash) ordering Temperance (the figure at the top left corner of the painting) to restrain Avarice (the reclining semi-nude, winged and blindfolded). The boy pouring liquid from one ewer to another in the centre of the painting is also a symbol of Temperance. The painting was previously attributed to Pier Francesco Mola and then subsequently to Bernardo Strozzi, but thanks to the research of Professor Lino Moretti of Venice it has been conclusively attributed to Venetian artist Gregorio Lazzarini. Two paintings of the same subject are referred to by the artist's biographer – one painted 1675–1679 and the other in 1723. Given the painting's style and the maturity of the artist it is probable that this is the later work.

Warrington Museum & Art Gallery



Reason Ordering Temperance to Restrain Avarice




oil on canvas


H 137 x W 206 cm

Accession number

WAGMG : TA.252

Acquisition method

untraced find

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