Fides (faith)
by Pieter Brueghel the Elder

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  • Date: 1559
  • Type: Prints
  • Medium: Engraving
  • Edition size: Unknown
  • Sheet Size: 22,1 x 28,8 cm
  • Signed: Unsigned
  • Condition: Pristine
  • Price: Price on Application

Description — Click to read

Van Bastelaer, 1992, n. 132 I/II; Orenstein, 2001, p. 179, n. 65, only state mm 221 x 288 Provenance: Ed. Schultze Collection, Wien, 1900 c. (Lugt 906). Inscribed at lower right: ‘Brugel Inu’, at lower center: ‘Fides’, at lower left ‘Cock exc’; in the lower margin: ‘Fides maxime a nobis conservanda est praecipue in religionem, / quia Deus prior et potentior est quam homo’. From the Series ‘The Seven Virtues’, 1559 – 60. Very fine impression, with velvety blacks, in the only state, rich of wiping marks. Trace of the guidelines still visible, cut between platemark and borderline. In very good conditions, backed with ancient paper, with the Shultze’s Collection mark on the verso. The preparatory drawing, signed and dated 1559, is preserved in Amsterdam Rijksmuseum (inv.RP-T-1919-35).

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