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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

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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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