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Faith (Fides; from The Seven Virtues series, 1 of 7 plates)

about 1559
Probably engraved by Philips Galle (Netherlandish, 1537–1612), Designed by Pieter Bruegel, the Elder (Netherlandish, about 1525–1569), Published by Hieronymus Cock (Netherlandish, 1510–1570)

Catalogue Raisonné

Van Bastelaer 132; Hollstein (Dutch & Flemish, vol. III, Bruegel) 132; Sellink & Leesberg (New Hollstein, Dutch & Flemish, Philips Galle, part II) 309; Orenstein (New Hollstein, Dutch & Flemish, Breugel) 13 (I/II)


Other (engraved border): 22.1 x 29.1 cm (8 11/16 x 11 7/16 in.) Sheet: 22.5 x 29.4 cm (8 7/8 x 11 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings




Inscribed in plate, beneath the figure of Faith, lower center: FIDES; lower left: Cock exc; lower right: Brugel Inu; on cross, upper center: INRI; in margin below image, lower left to right: FIDES MAXIMÈ Á NOBIS CONSERVANDA EST PRAECIPVE IN RELIGIONEM,/QVIA DEVS PRIOR ET POTENTIOR EST QVAM HOMO. [Above all we must preserve faith, particularly in respect to religion, for God comes before all, and is mightier than man]


Not signed


No watermark; verso, MFA stamp with the old accession number in graphite: 31999/1/7; in graphite: c. 19787 [Colnaghi inventory number]; Van Bast 132 I; 29


May, 1930, C.G. Boerner sale, Leipzig, lot 174; May, 1930, purchased from that sale through P & D Colnaghi & Co. (dealer), London, by the MFA. (Accession Date: July 1, 1930)

Credit Line

Maria Antoinette Evans Fund