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Coin with the Head of the Roman Emperor Domitian
art_type: copper alloy
description: This coin depicts the Roman emperor Domitian, who reigned from AD 81-96.
artist: Roman
museum: Walters Museum
title: Coin with the Head of the Roman Emperor Domitian
from_api: Walters Museum
source: Walters Museum
image_url: http://static.thewalters.org/images/PS3_59.646_Obverse_DD_T15.jpg
date: AD 81-96
external_url: http://art.thewalters.org/detail/291
Allegory of Arithmetic
art_type: oil on canvas
description: The importance of the intellect was often celebrated in representations of the Seven Liberal Arts: Grammar, Rhetoric, Logic, Geometry, Arithmetic, Astronomy, and Music. They could be personified as poised young women in a setting and clothing suggestive of ancient Greece, the homeland of Western abstract thought. On the book held by Arithmetic is the name of the Greek mathematician Pythagoras, while on the worksheet are the primary mathematical functions: addition, subtraction, and multiplication. La Hyre produced at least two such series--including the "Allegory of Grammar" (Walters 37.862)--as decoration for the homes of the wealthy. He conveys this classical theme with the cool, rounded, carefully balanced forms of the new idealized style inspired by Raphael and Greco-Roman sculpture.
artist: Laurent de La Hyre (French, 1606-1656)
museum: Walters Museum
title: Allegory of Arithmetic
from_api: Walters Museum
source: Walters Museum
image_url: http://static.thewalters.org/images/PL1_37.1917_Fnt_TR_T99II.jpg
date: 1650
external_url: http://art.thewalters.org/detail/19242

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