Allegory of Inclination
|Allegory of Inclination|
|Medium||Oil on canvas|
|Dimensions||152 cm × 61 cm (60 in × 24 in)|
|Location||Casa Buonarroti, Florence|
It was commissioned by Michelangelo Buonarroti the younger (1568–1646), nephew of Michelangelo. It shows a nude young woman with an elaborate hairstyle, representing 'Inclination', in the sense of a natural talent for something. She holds a compass in both hands, whilst a star is shown above her in the top right. Her features recur elsewhere in Gentileschi's work, such as the engraving by Jérome David, and in self-portraits of the artist. The figure's nudity later proved so embarrassing to the commissioner's great-nephew Leonardo di Buonarroto that he commissioned Baldassarre Franceschini, known as el Volterrano to paint clothes over parts of it in 1684.