The Theological Virtues: Faith, Charity, Hope

Italian (Umbrian) Painter Italian

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Each figure is accompanied by an attribute: at the feet of Faith a dog, a common symbol of fidelity; at the feet of Charity a pelican symbolic of Christ's sacrifice; and at the feet of Hope a phoenix, symbolizing Christ's Resurrection. The series of allegorical figures, viewed against a continuous landscape, was probably intended to decorate the back of a spalliere (a high-backed bench or day-bed) or to be set into a wainscoting.

The Theological Virtues: Faith, Charity, Hope, Italian (Umbrian) Painter (ca. 1500), Tempera and gold on wood

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Faith (1982.177.1)