- Folly (allegory)
Folly (Lang-la|Moria) was a common allegorical figure in
medieval morality playsand in allegoricalartwork through the Renaissance. The depiction is generally of a young man, often similar in appearance to a jesteror the tarot card, The Fool [citebook|title=Costumes and Scenery for Amateurs|last=Mackay|first=Constance D'Arcy|page=197|publisher=Henry Holt and Company|year=1915] . In contrast to the many obvious classicalallusions in such works, the depictions owe little to the greek goddess Ate.
In drama, the character tempts the protagonist into foolish action, successfully or not. In an allegorical painting, the figure may be counterpoised to Prudence, representing a choice, or alone, representing the unwisdom of the actors in the painting.
In Praise of Folly" by Desiderius Erasmus.
Venus, Cupid, Folly and Time, allegorical painting by Agnolo Bronzino
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