(Netherlands 1537 – 1612)
(Flanders circa 1525 – 09 Sep 1569)
22.4 x 29.1 cm
Throughout his career Bruegel provided original drawings to the famous Antwerp publisher Hieronymous Cock to serve as direct models for engravings. This print is one of a number illustrating the seven virtues. The focus is on compassionate works, particularly feeding and clothing the poor. Perched on top of Charity's head is a pelican, a symbol of sacrifice as the bird is said to pierce its breast to feed its offspring with its blood.
Nicholas Draffin, Piety and Paganism, Sydney, 1991, 15.
Special exhibition of prints and drawings, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Nov 1937–Dec 1937
Piety and Paganism, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Jul 1991–29 Sep 1991
Old Europe: Prints & drawings from the collection 1500-1800, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Jun 2006–06 Aug 2006