gabriele castagnola

Love or Duty (1873).Gabriele Castagnola (Italian, 1828-1883). Chromolithograph.

The scene depicts novice Lucrezia Buti and painter Filippo Lippi who have fallen in love, but the nun is torn between her heart and her duty to God. The image contains several symbolic suggestions. From Buti’s wrist, two charms can be seen: a human skull and a crucifix. Lippi’s cape has shifted slightly to reveal a dagger.