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Title Allegory of Virtue
Collection New Art Gallery Walsall
Artist Attributed to after Correggio (Italian painter, ca. 1489-1534)
Date Earliest possibly about 1520
Date Latest possibly about 1750
Description Several figures making up an allegory of Virtue. The central female figure representing Virtue sits in a carved throne, wearing scale armour and holding a staff in her right hand and a metal, plumed helmet in her left. A female figure in red to the right of the composition sits at the feet of Virtue and holds a set of compasses. Another female figure in green drapery sits in profile at Virtue's other side and holds the hilt of a sword or dagger in her right hand. An angel crowns Virtue with laurels. Another angel to the left of the picture plays a lyre. The central angel holds a staff or arrow with another angel to the right holding the other end.
Current Accession Number P11/76
Subject allegory (virtue); religion
Measurements 136.5 x 88 cm.0 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Given by Professor Archibold Stanton Whitfield after 1892.
Notes Copy of Allegory of the Virtues by Correggio, tempera on canvas, 148 x 88 cms, Paris, Musée du Louvre inv. no. 129 - 30. It was painted around 1529 - 30 for the studiolo of Isabella d'Este in the Palazzo Ducale, Mantua. Engraving by Steph. Picare Romanus 1672.
Rights Owner The New Art Gallery Walsall
Author Dr Patricia Smyth

 

 

 

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