This beautiful picture was discovered as recently as 1895, in one of the ante-rooms of the Pitti Palace, by Mr. William Spence of Florence, who at once recognized it as a work of Botticelli’s. After some renovation (it had already been painted over in parts) it was for a time exhibited at the Uffizi; but has since been removed to the private apartments of the Pitti Palace.

A. Streeter, from whose 1903 book Botticelli the above quote is taken, saw Pallas and the Centaur as an allegory of the peace that ended the war between Florence on one side and the Pope and the Kingdom of Naples on the other, but there are other interpretations as well.

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