1537 - 1612
after Pieter Bruegel the Elder
circa 1525-1530 - 09 Sep 1569
Throughout his career Bruegel provided original drawings to the famous Antwerp publisher Hieronymous Cock to serve as direct models for engravings. This print comes from the series on the Seven Virtues. The three theological virtues are Faith, Hope and Charity. The four cardinal virtues – Justice, Fortitude, Temperance and Prudence – were identified in Classical antiquity as the basic virtues upon which all others hinge. Bruegel depicts the Virtues as female figures with attributes. In ‘Faith’, a large congregation listens to a sermon while the sacraments are administered.
i of 2 states
23.1 x 29.2 cm trimmed to platemark
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Tony Gilbert Bequest Fund 2014
Not on display
Shown in 1 exhibition
European prints and drawings 1500-1900, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 Aug 2014–02 Nov 2014
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.56
Referenced in 1 publication
F.W.H. Hollstein, Dutch and Flemish etchings, engravings and woodcuts c.1450-1700, Amsterdam, 1949. no.132