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Relief - A Humanist with Figures of Faith, Hope and Charity
  • A Humanist with Figures of Faith, Hope and Charity
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A Humanist with Figures of Faith, Hope and Charity

  • Object:

    Relief

  • Place of origin:

    Lombardy (made)

  • Date:

    1525-1550 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Marble

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with Art Fund support

  • Museum number:

    A.12-1960

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Faith, Hope and Charity are commonly shown as allegories of Christian virtues. However, in this relief, the artist seems to use the chalice (Faith), the branch (Hope) and the bag of money (Charity) to identify the three virgin saints of the same names. Medieval legend claimed that the women were brought before a Roman governor during the reign of Emperor Hadrian prior to martyrdom.

Physical description

Marble relief depicting the saints Faith (a chalice), Hope (a branch) and Charity (a bag of money).

Place of Origin

Lombardy (made)

Date

1525-1550 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Marble

Dimensions

Height: 83.5 cm, Width: 67.6 cm, Depth: 21.6 cm

Object history note

Bought, H.D.F.Carritt, for £2,500.

Descriptive line

Relief, Marble, depicting Faith, Hope and Charity, Lombardy, 1525-50

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Pope-Hennessy, John. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture in the Victoria and Albert Museum. Volume II: Text. Sixteenth to Twentieth Century. London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1964, pp. 543, 4
Raggio, Olga. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture in the Victoria and Albertt Museum. Art Bulletin. Vol. L, 1968, p. 102
Fiorio, Maria Teresa. Bambaia. Catalogo complete delle opera. Florence, 1990, p. 144, no. 6A, illustr. p. 145
Agosti, Giovanni. Bambaia e il Classicismo Lambardo. Turin, 1990, p. 133, fig. 66

Labels and date

RELIEF with Sts Faith, Hope and Charity
1525-50

Faith, Hope and Charity are commonly shown as allegories of Christian virtues. However, in this relief, the artist seems to use the chalice (Faith), the branch (Hope) and the bag of money (Charity) to identify the three virgin saints of the same names. Medieval legend claimed that the women were brought before a Roman governor during the reign of Emperor Hadrian prior to martyrdom.

Italy, Lombardy

Marble

Museum no. A12-1960
Purchased with the assistance of The Art Fund [2008]

Materials

Marble

Subjects depicted

Chalice; Money; Branch

Categories

Christianity; Sculpture; Reliefs

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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