340 – Art: Pietro do Cortona

Here you see Pope Alexander VII who is receving a tablet from a kneeling man, while another man is pointing at a mountain surmounted by a shining star, a reference to the Pope’s coat of arms; the mountain, sculpted by men into a gigantic seated effigy holding a city and a perennial spring, refers to architect Dinocrates’s offer to turn mount Athos into a statue of Alexander the Great.
This drawing by Pietro do Cortona (1611-1669) is in the British Museum.

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