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The Five Senses: Sight


An allegory of sight, this painting features various objects symbolic of seeing. While often in these types of paintings Venus would typically look into a mirror, here she gazes at a painting of Jesus healing the blind. The eagle, carved into the gold chandelier, has symbolized power and strength in Ancient Rome because of the bird’s sharp vision. Tools for improved vision are scattered throughout the scene: telescope, lamp, and glasses. Paintings and sculptures show visual cultural tastes and artistry across generations. The bright landscape vista of the patrons' estate in the distance visually extends their wealth to include nature as well.