The Allegory of Life

Giorgio Ghisi, Italian, 1520 - 1582



Engraving on laid paper

Plate: 15 × 21 3/8 in. (38.1 × 54.3 cm)

Sheet: 15 1/4 × 21 1/2 in. (38.7 × 54.6 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of Jane and W. David Dance, Class of 1940



Place Made: Italy, Europe



Object Name


Research Area


Not on view


Signed and dated, in plate, near center: GEORGIVS/ GHISIMAT/ F.1561; inscribed, in plate, above and left of signature [in rectangle]: SEDET A TERNVM/ QUESEDEBIT I FOELIX: Inscribed, in plate, lower left: Paul CS de la Houue excudit.; inscribed, in plate, lower left: RAPHAELIS VRBINATIS INVENTVM/ PHILIPPVS DATVS ANIMI GRATIA/ FIERI IVSSIT [in rectangle]; inscribed, in plate, lower right: TV NE CEDE MALIS: SED/ COTRA AVDENTIORITO

Course History

FRIT 34, Sex and Gender in the Italian Renaissance, Courtney Quaintance, Spring 2015

ITAL 7, Women in Renaissance Venice, Courtney Quaintance, Spring 2015

Exhibition History

A Decade of Collecting, 1985-1995: Old Master and Nineteenth Century European Prints from the Hood Museum of Art, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, December 9, 1995-February 4, 1996, no. 44.

Publication History

Richard Rand, "A Decade of Collecting, 1985-1995: Old Master and Nineteenth-Century European Prints", Hanover, New Hampshire: Trustees of Dartmouth College, 1995, no. 44.


Christie's, London; sold to Robert Dance, December, 1985; Jane (1922-2007) and W. David Dance (1917-2012); given to the present collection, 1987.

Catalogue Raisonne

Bartsch 67; Boorsch/Lewis 28

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