Franco-Flemish Artist (late 17th century):
A34; oil on canvas, rolled; 123.5 x 105 cm.
Fortitude in a helmet, accompanied by a lion, holds a long club, normally an attribute of Hercules, who is associated with this virtue. A statue of Hercules is visible on the right. A31 to A36 are from a series of the seven Virtues (Hope is missing), probably painted by a North European artist working in England. Groups of Virtues, or of the Liberal Arts, were popular elements in the decoration of libraries. The allegorical figures derive from the Iconologia of Cesare Ripa with variations from other print sources.
Information derived from the Ashmolean Museum's Complete Illustrated Catalogue of Paintings.
Link to the BBC's Your Paintings page of the Public Catalogue Foundation