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Allegory of Virtues and Vices at the Court of Charles V

Hans Daucher (German, Ulm ca. 1485–1538 Stuttgart)
ca. 1522
German, probably Augsburg
Honestone (Jurassic limestone), traces of gilding
Overall (confirmed): 11 1/8 × 18 7/16 × 1 3/4 in. (28.3 × 46.8 × 4.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 521
Uniqueness, fine execution, and symbolism specific to its owner’s family elevated this relatively humble material. Holy Roman Emperor Charles V sits on horseback leading a procession (including his deceased grandfather Maximilian and distant blood relative Frederick II) across a bridge, resolute and undeterred by threatening enemy Ottoman soldiers above and despairing sinners in the river below. Despite this panel’s small size and imperial subject, Daucher included a characteristically conspicuous monogram at its center. The piece was later displayed in the much-admired collection of Charles’s great-nephew, Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II.

[Elizabeth Cleland, 2017]
Signature: In cartouche on arch: [monogram] HD 1522

Inscription: Inscribed in cartouche on arch: VIRTVTVM ET VICIORVM ADVMBRACIO [trans: a sketch of Virtues and Vices] / M.D. XXI / HD [monogram]
Holy Roman Emperor Rudolph II of Austria ; Erzherzog (Archduke) Leopold Wilhelm of Austria ; Debruge-Duménil ; Louis, Duke of Blacas ; Charles Mannheim , Paris ; J. Pierpont Morgan , London and New York (by 1905–d. 1913; to MMA)
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