|Medium||Tempera on panel|
|Location||Uffizi in Florence, Italy|
|Dimensions||66 in × 34 in|
|167 cm × 87 cm|
|Famous Paintings by Botticelli|
|Adoration of the Magi|
|The Birth of Venus|
|Venus and Mars|
|The Mystical Nativity|
|Temptations of Christ|
Sandro Botticelli is among the greatest Renaissance painters. His first known, completed work is Fortitude, which is currently held in the Galleria degli Uffizi, in Florence.
Properly known as the “Allegory of Fortitude,” the painting personifies the virtue of
Fortitude is among the four “worldly virtues,” along with Temperance, Prudence and Justice. They are matched with the three Christian values of Faith, Hope and Charity. A panel of these seven virtues was commissioned by the Commercial Courts of Florence, Italy.
Some say Fortitude appears pregnant, while others attribute the somewhat fulsome appearance of her midsection to the layered, pillowed style of clothing. Fortitude is a true masterpiece among an era when some of the world’s greatest art was produced.