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Hope (Spes; from The Seven Cardinal Virtues series)

Inscription

in plate, beneath the figure of Hope: SPES; lower left: BRVGEL.INV; lower right: cock excu.; in margin below image, lower left to right: IVCVNDISSIMA EST SPEI PERSVASIO, ET VITAE IMPRIMIS/NECESSARIA, INTER TOT AERVMNAS PENEQz INTOLERABILES. [Very pleasant is the conviction of hope and [it is] most necessary for life, amid many and almost unbearable hardships]

Signed

not signed

Marks

no watermark; verso, MFA stamp with old accession number in graphite: 3199/2/7; in graphite: C19787 [Colnaghi inventory number]; Van Bast 133; 30

Provenance

Acquired by the MFA through the Maria Antoinette Evans Fund, 1930

Credit Line

Maria Antoinette Evans Fund

about 1559

Catalogue Raisonné

Van Bastelaer 133

Dimensions

Sheet: 22.6 x 29.1 cm (8 7/8 x 11 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

30.1078.2

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