An image of Caritas

Philip Galle

(Netherlands 1537 – 1612)

after Pieter Bruegel the Elder

(Flanders circa 1525-1530 – 09 Sep 1569)

Caritas

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 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

Year
1559
Media
Print
Medium
engraving
Dimensions
22.5 x 29.5 cm (trimmed to platemark)
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Purchased 1937
Accession number
6447