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Allegory of Virtue

Photo credit: Manchester Art Gallery

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An allegorical scene depicting Virtue. Three naked female figures are atop a pedestal beneath an arched alcove. The left-hand figure wears a small crown and carries an elaborate urn in one hand, discarding money, a sword and a book from the other, all of which are falling down upon a group of courtiers and soldiers in the bottom left corner. The right hand figure wears a laurel wreath and carries a flaming torch object in one hand, gazing down onto an elderly king being kissed by a young queen in the bottom right corner. The central figure wears a plumed helmet and stands with arms outstretched, entwined with the other women's arms, presiding over the scene. A semi-naked male figure stands at the base of the pedestal to the left, peering at figures of Virtue.

Manchester Art Gallery



Allegory of Virtue




oil on panel


H 65.2 x W 56.6 cm

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Acquisition method

gift from Dr and Mrs Langley, 1953

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Inscription description

Signed br : A.Freyse.164 (last figure illegible)


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