Preparatory drawing for the series of the seven cardinal sins (1556-1557). Series engraved in 1558 by Pieter van der Heyden to the order of Hieronymus Cock.
Pen and grey-brown ink, contours incised
Signed at lower left: brueghel 1557; inscribed at lower centre in sepia ink by a different hand: Superbia; in the margin in sepia ink by a different hand: Hooverdye wert van Godt boven al ghehaet, sgelyx wert godt weder van hooverdye versmaet [Pride is hated by God above all, at the same time God is abused by Pride]
30 cm x 22.9 cm