The Triumph of Poverty (one of a series)


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 520

“Triumphs” of allegorical figures evoke an ancient Roman ceremony where victorious generals and their armies marched with the captives and spoils they had taken in war. Here, the general is Poverty, joined in the cart by Fear and Humility, with Weakness (behind the donkeys), Patience (heavily burdened), and Servitude (in chains) walking alongside. One of thirteen plaques illustrating triumph over life’s trials, this image naturalized poverty for the laboring classes.

The Triumph of Poverty (one of a series), Bronze, Netherlandish

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