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Title

Hope

circa 1559


Artists

Philip Galle

Netherlands

1537 - 1612

after Pieter Bruegel the Elder

Flanders

circa 1525-1530 - 09 Sep 1569


About

The scene is a Flemish port city threatened by high water. There are also ships in distress on the churning sea. Placed near the centre of the composition, the personification of Hope wears a beehive headdress and balances on an anchor – a symbol of stability and security. She holds a spade and a sickle (the farmer’s hope for a good harvest). The inscription along the bottom reads: ‘Very pleasant is the conviction of hope and most necessary for life, amid many and almost unbearable hardships’.


Details


Alternative title

Spes


Date

circa 1559


Media category

Print


Materials used

engraving


Edition

only state


Dimensions

22.3 x 28.6 cm trimmed to platemark


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Tony Gilbert Bequest Fund 2014


Location

Not on display


Accession number

167.2014


Artist information

Philip Galle

Works in the collection

3

Artist information

after Pieter Bruegel the Elder

Works in the collection

4


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Provenance


Private Collection, United States of America

Swann Auction Galleries, New York/New York/United States of America, Purchased by the AGNSW from Swann Auction Galleries, 29 April 2014, 'Old Master Through Modern Prints' lot.52


Referenced in 1 publication

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