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Title

Caritas

1559

Artists

Philip Galle

Netherlands

1537 – 1612

after Pieter Bruegel the Elder

Flanders

circa 1525-1530 – 09 Sep 1569

  • Details

    Alternative title
    Charity
    Date
    1559
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    engraving
    Edition
    only state
    Dimensions
    22.5 x 29.5 cm (trimmed to platemark)
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Purchased 1937
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    6447
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Philip Galle

    Works in the collection

    3

    Artist information
    after Pieter Bruegel the Elder

    Works in the collection

    4

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  • About

    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.

    Peter Raissis, Prints & drawings Europe 1500–1900, 2014

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 4 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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