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Scene with Misericordia and Veritas in a Circle at Center

Artist:
Theodor de Bry (Netherlandish, Liège 1528–1598 Frankfurt)
Date:
1580–1600
Medium:
Engraving
Dimensions:
Sheet: 5 1/2 × 5 1/2 in. (14 × 13.9 cm)
Classifications:
Prints, Ornament & Architecture
Credit Line:
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1951
Accession Number:
51.501.5794(1)
Not on view
In a circle at center, a scene with misericordia (mercy) and veritas (truth) personified as female figures. In the forefront at left, a seated nude female figure with an open book places her right leg on a globe. At right, another figure feeds the children that surround her. Behind, two winged figures embrace, while the one at right holds a set of scales. Around the central circles, a band with rosettes. In the corners, ornamental blackwork with putti heads.
Inscription: At top: MISERICORDIA ET VERITAS; at right: OBIAVERVNT SIBI IVSTITIA ET PAX OSCVLATE / SVNT DAVIT PSAL 84
Gustav Mayer; Princes of Liechtenstein, Vaduz and Vienna; Vendor: P. & D. Colnaghi & Co.
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