Philip Galle

(Netherlands 1537 – 1612)

after Pieter Bruegel the Elder

(Flanders circa 1525-1530 – 09 Sep 1569)

Hope

Location
Not on display
Further information

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’.

Year
circa 1559
Media
Print
Medium
engraving
Dimensions
22.3 x 28.6 cm trimmed to platemark
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Tony Gilbert Bequest Fund 2014
Accession number
167.2014
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