Allegory of Avarice

Jacopo Ligozzi Italian

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In 1590 Ligozzi created a series of elaborate, allegorical drawings of the Seven Deadly Sins (six still exist). This painting, which is a fragment, depicts the central figures of the allegory of Avarice, the drawing for which is in the National Gallery, Washington. As described in emblem books, Avarice is shown as a pale woman holding a bag of money. The threatening skeleton suggests that the artist was inspired as well by other representations of the vice in either literature (perhaps Dante) or the visual arts.

Allegory of Avarice, Jacopo Ligozzi (Italian, Verona 1547–1627 Florence), Oil on canvas

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