Positioned over the throne canopy, this canvas is intended to be viewed by the monarch's audience. James I sits in a splendid, biblical-inspired setting that suggests a comparison with King Solomon. Peace and Plenty embrace while the classical goddess Minerva fights down Mars. In the foreground Mercury, the messenger God, holds out his caduceus (or staff) like a king's sceptre, around which are entwined two subdued snakes, a symbol of peace.
Where to see this painting?
The Banqueting House – Whitehall Palace, Historic Royal Palaces
Whitehall, London, Greater London, England, SW1A 2ER
If you are planning a visit to see this painting, check with the collection first. Paintings can be moved at short notice.
More on this painting
commissioned by James I and Charles I, c.1621 and c.1629
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