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    Artist Name:

    Vittore Carpaccio

    Nationality & Life Dates:

    Italian, 1460–1526

    Title:

    Temperance

    Date:

    ca. 1525

    Medium:

    Oil on wood panel

    Dimensions:

    42 5/8 x 21 5/8 inches

    Credit Line:

    Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation

    Accession Number:

    58.35

    On View - Stent Family Wing, Second Level, Gallery 201
    This allegorical representation of Temperance is probably part of a quartet of panels illustrating the four Cardinal Virtues—the other three being Prudence, Justice, and Fortitude. Since the Middle Ages women have personified the Virtues and remain easily identifiable by attributes. Here Temperance carefully pours liquid from one vessel into another, presumably diluting wine with water to suggest moderation.



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