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    Artist Name:

    Vittore Carpaccio

    Nationality & Life Dates:

    Italian, 1460–1526




    ca. 1525


    Oil on wood panel


    42 5/8 x 21 3/4 inches

    Credit Line:

    Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation

    Accession Number:


    On View - Stent Family Wing, Second Level, Gallery 201
    This allegorical representation of Prudence is probably part of a quartet of panels illustrating the four cardinal virtues—the other three being Temperance, Justice, and Fortitude. Since the Middle Ages women have personified the Virtues and remain easily identifiable by their attributes. Prudence holds a mirror as a means of both observing the truth and divining the future, suggesting the qualities of wisdom and self-discipline.

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