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Minerva, the goddess of wisdom and the arts, and Mercury, associated with reason and learning, appear at the top of this triangular composition. They are surrounded by figures representing different aspects of knowledge and the arts.This is a preliminary design for the ceiling of the State Dining Room at Grimsthorpe Castle, Lincolnshire. The Venetian-born artist, Sleter, had trained as a decorative artist in Italy before moving to London where he worked until the end of his life. This was unusual since most decorative artists pursued itinerant careers across Europe.

May 2007