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Charitas and the Acts of Charity, from a Series of Tazza Designs

Artist:
Theodor de Bry (Netherlandish, Liège 1528–1598 Frankfurt)
Date:
ca. 1588
Medium:
Engraving
Dimensions:
Sheet: 5 1/8 × 4 7/8 in. (13 × 12.4 cm)
Classifications:
Prints, Ornament & Architecture
Credit Line:
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1951
Accession Number:
51.501.5790(4)
Not on view
In the central medallion, the figure of Charitas, nursing an infant, while a child offers a bowl of fruit on her left. Around the medallion, framed by a circular ornamental frieze with acts of charity, including Christ Washing the Feet of His Disciples, below the medallion. From a series of four designs for ornamented tazza, or drinking vessels.
Inscription: Below the central medallion: THEO. DE FRI INVI. ; around the central medallion on the inside, in two columns: CHARITE AMEINCE TOUT BIEN, CHARITE NE QUIERT PAS LE SIEN . 1 . / COR. 13 CHARITE IO IEUSEMENT DONNE, CHARITE EST A CHASCUN BONNE; around the central medallion on the outside, in two columns: Dutch verse in two columns, beginnging SOO SULDIJ... ; around outside of frieze: French and Dutch text / 15?8
Gustav Mayer; Princes of Liechtenstein, Vaduz and Vienna; Vendor: P. & D. Colnaghi & Co.
SKB 918(1); Hollstein IV.47.181; Wurzbach I.220.9
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