Fides (Faith), from the series The Seven Virtues

Philip Galle, Netherlandish, 1537 - 1612
Pieter Bruegel, the elder, Netherlandish, 1520 - 1569


about 1559

Engraving on paper

Plate: 8 3/4 × 11 9/16 in. (22.3 × 29.4 cm)

Sheet: 9 1/8 × 12 1/16 in. (23.2 × 30.6 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the Guernsey Center Moore 1904 Memorial Fund and the Class of 1935 Memorial Fund



Place Made: Netherlands, Europe



Object Name


Research Area


Not on view


Titled, in plate, lower centeer: FIDES; inscribed, in plate, lower left: Cock exc; inscribed, in plate, lower right: Brugel Inu; inscribed, in plate, lower margin, left to right: FIDES MAXIME A NOBIS CONSERVANDA EST PRAECIPVE IN RELIGIONEM, / QVIA DEVS PRIOR ET POTENTIOR EST QVAM HOMO.; inscribed, in graphite, on mat, lower center: Philips Galle 1537-1612 / after Pieter Brughel the Elder, c. 1525-1569 / Fides (Faith) from the series of Seven Virties [Seven Virtues underscored] c. 1559 / Van Bastelaer 132, only state; N. Orenstein Pieter Brugel [last two words underscored] / the Elder [underscored], MMA, 2001, no. 65; inscribed, in graphite, on reverse, upper center: ST4282L43; inscribed, in graphite, on reverse, upper left: 1034 [underscored, written vertically]; inscribed, in graphite, on reverse, center: B108; inscribed, in graphite, lower right: 44; inscribed, in graphite, on reverse, lower left: Burt [?] 132; inscribed, in graphite, on reverse, lower right: 8782

Course History

HIST 96.39, Saints and Material Devotion, Cecilia Gaposchkin, Fall 2021


Susan Schulman Printseller, New York, New York; sold to present collection, 2008.

Catalogue Raisonne

Van Bastelaer 132, only state; N. Orenstein, Pieter Brueghle the Elder, MMM, 2001, no. 65.

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