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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


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


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


Artist information

Philip Galle

Works in the collection

3

Artist information

after Pieter Bruegel the Elder

Works in the collection

4


Shown in 4 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Nicholas Draffin, Piety and Paganism, Sydney, 1991, 15.