Faith, Hope and Charity
Pietro da Cortona (1596 - 1669)
Oil on canvas
Width: 127.9 cm ( canvas ); Height: 155 cm ( canvas ); Height: 176.5 cm ( frame ); Depth: 8 cm ( frame ); Width: 150.3 cm ( frame );
Gambier-Parry, Mark; bequest; 1966
About this work
Pietro da Cortona was the leading painter in Baroque Rome. He created grandiose decorations for churches and palaces with the help of his busy studio. There are therefore few canvases entirely by the master’s hand.
The three women personify the divine virtues that, according to Christian theology, are granted by God. The figure in red surrounded by children represents Charity while the one wearing blue is Faith. The woman on the far right holds an anchor, a traditional symbol of Hope
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