Fides (Faith)

After Pieter Bruegel the Elder
1525 - 1569
Fides (Faith)
1559 c.
221 x 288 mm

Provenance: Ed. Schultze Collection, Wien, 1900 c. (Lugt 906).

Inscribed at lower: on the right ‘Brugel Inu’, in the center: ‘Fides’, on the left ‘Cock exc’ and in the lower margin: 'Fides maxime a nobis conservanda est praecipue in religionem, / quia Deus prior et potentior est quam homo'.

From the Series 'The Seven Virtues’, 1559 – 60.

Very fine impression, with velvety blacks, in the only state, rich of wiping  marks. Trace of the guidelines still visible, cut between platemark and borderline.

In very good conditions, backed with ancient paper, with the Shultze’s Collection mark on the verso.

The preparatory drawing, signed and dated 1559, is preserved in Amsterdam Rijksmuseum (inv. RP-T-1919-35).