Philip Galle

(Netherlands 1537 – 1612)

after Pieter Bruegel the Elder

(Flanders circa 1525-1530 – 09 Sep 1569)

Faith

Location
Not on display
Further information

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.

Year
circa 1559
Media
Print
Medium
engraving
Dimensions
23.1 x 29.2 cm trimmed to platemark
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Tony Gilbert Bequest Fund 2014
Accession number
168.2014
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.56