It is not of fundamental importance to determine whether here the painting depicts a lizard, a salamander or a gecko. What is significant is the contrast between the cold skin of the animal and the fire of passions tormenting man. The Latin motto that refers to this scene reads: “Quod huic deest me torquet”, which means “That which she misses torments me”. The heat, unknown to the Salamander, forces the heart of men to suffer the effects of passion.


  • Title: Hall of the horses
  • Creator: Giulio Romano
  • Creator Lifespan: 1499/1546
  • Creator Death Place: Mantova, Italy
  • Creator Birth Place: Rome, Italy
  • Date: 1524
  • Type: Part of the Palace

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