(Netherlands 1537 – 1612)
(Flanders circa 1525-1530 – 09 Sep 1569)
- 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 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
- 22.5 x 29.5 cm (trimmed to platemark)
- Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
- Purchased 1937
- Accession number