Allegory of "Benifico", Paolo Veronese
Paolo Veronese
Allegory of "Benifico"
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Paolo Veronese

Allegory of "Benifico", ca. 1550 – 1560


Blatt
276 x 202 mm
Physical Description
Brush in grey-brown, highlighted with white, traces of blue colour on the pedestal and the left hand, framing line in black on all sides, on laid paper primed in green
Inventory Number
457
Object Number
457 Z
Status
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)

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About the Work

According to an original inscription on the back, this drawing is an allegory of charity. It belongs to a cycle of drawings of female allegories, a particularly popular motif for the decoration of Venetian villa interiors. Usually incorporated in a moral-theological pictorial programme, they were intended as an appeal to virtuous conduct in the Christian sense. In view of this work’s manner of execution, however, it can hardly have served as a mere preliminary study. Rather, brush drawings of this kind were collected by the educated nobility as independent artworks and bound into books to serve as a basis for scholarly discussion.

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Title
Allegory of "Benifico"
Draughtsman
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Brush in grey-brown, highlighted with white, traces of blue colour on the pedestal and the left hand, framing line in black on all sides, on laid paper primed in green
Material
Technique
Geographic Reference
Production Reason
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Verso bezeichnet mittig (mit der Feder in Braun): Il Beneffitio una Donna vestita riccame[n]te et coronato da Re; et porga co[n] / le mani corone; et scetri
Captions Added Later
Bezeichnet unten links (mit der Feder in Braun): P.Veronese.; darunter (mit Bleistift): 55 12; darunter (mit der Feder in Dunkelbraun): N° 1107.; unten rechts (mit Bleistift): ex col. Peter Lely.
Unten rechts Stempel der Sammlung Peter Lely, London (Lugt 2092); verso unten links Stempel des Städelschen Kunstinstituts, Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 2356)
Watermark
  • Nicht vorhanden
Work Catalogues
  • Cocke 1984.72.17
  • Tietze/Tietze-Conrat 1944.343.2066

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Foto: U. Edelmann

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Main Motif
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Primary
  • 57A7(+113) Benevolence, Beneficence; 'Beneficio', 'Benevolenza o Affettione' (Ripa) (+ clothed)
  • 31AA231(+1) standing figure - AA - female human figure (+ front view)
  • 31AA2512 arm stretched forward - AA - both arms or hands
Secondary
  • 31A2311 'contrapposto', 'Standbein und Spielbein'
  • 44B191 crown (symbol of sovereignty)
  • 44B192 sceptre, staff (symbol of sovereignty)
  • 11P31131 insignia of bishop, e.g. mitre, crozier
  • 48C161 column, pillar ~ architecture

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03.11.2020