Avaritia (Avarice)
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pen and grey-brown ink, contours incised

Signed at lower right: brueghel 1556; inscribed at lower centre in sepia ink by a different hand: avaritia; in the margin in sepia ink by a different hand: Eere beleeftheyt schaemte noch godlyck vermaen, En siet die scrapende gierichhyt niet aen [Scraping Avarice sees neither honour nor courtesy, shame nor divine admonition]
29.8 cm x 22.8 cm

Series of seven preparatory drawings by Pieter Bruegel and seven engravings by Pieter van der Heyden.

A female personification seated at centre beside a coffer, into which a figure with reptile head pours money, a toad at her feet, a ramshackle hut behind, curious buildings and half-human creatures pursuing symbolic occupations, some of them shooting arrows at a suspended pouch with coins at left.

CC BY (Creative Commons 4.0)

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