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The Dream of Ursula

Vittore Carpaccio
Ciclo di Sant'Orsola

Author
Vittore Carpaccio
Venezia 1460 c. - prima del giugno 1526
Title
The Dream of Ursula
Catalogue
578
Support
Canvas, 273 x 567 cm
Provenance
Acquired following the Napoleonic Suppression, 1812
Hall
Hall XXI

An angel appears to Ursula in a dream announcing her forthcoming martyrdom, symbolised by the palm leaf. The intense supernatural light surrounding the angel cleverly interplays with the natural morning light streaming in through the window and the door, revealing an array of symbolic objects: the crown at the foot of the bed, the prayer books, the hourglass, and the statues of Venus Pudica and Hercules above the two doors, clearly alluding to the royal couple’s virtues.