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Laurent de La Hyre

Allegory of Geometry, 1649

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Laurent de La Hyre, Allegory of Geometry, 1649
Oil on canvas, 40 7/8 x 86 1/8 in. (103.8 x 218.8 cm). Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Museum purchase, Roscoe and Margaret Oakes Income Fund, 2014.13

The Allegory of Geometry belongs to a set of seven paintings depicting the seven liberal arts that formed the basis of classical education codified in antiquity: arithmetic, astronomy, dialectic, geometry, grammar, music, and rhetoric. La Hyre painted these pictures to decorate the Paris residence of Gédéon Tallemant des Réaux (1613-1668), a member of the Council of State. Geometry is personified as a woman holding a compass and right angle in one hand and a sheet inscribed with Euclidean mathematical proofs in her other hand. Surrounding her are examples of the practical applications of geometry, including an ancient Egyptian pyramid, a globe that refers to mapmaking, and a landscape painting on an easel.

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