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Charity

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1743/44

Artist:

Francesco de Mura
Italian, 1696-1782

About this artwork

This painting presents an allegory of the virtue of charity through images of maternal love and sacrifice: a mother nurtures several young children and a pelican feeds her young by drawing blood from her own breast. This work was one of a set of allegories of five virtues intended as decorations set above doors in a palace belonging to the king of Savoy, a region in northwest Italy. Francesco de Mura spent most of his career in Naples but also worked for the king of Savoy in the 1740s, producing paintings in a style that combined grand, calm figures with active drapery. Although it is now rectangular, the canvas shows signs of an earlier curved shape appropriate to a Rococo room decoration.

Status

On View, Gallery 215

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Francesco de Mura

Title

Charity

Origin

Italy

Date

1743–1744

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

139.5 × 134.6 cm (54 15/16 × 53 in.)

Credit Line

Preston O. Morton Memorial Fund for Older Paintings

Reference Number

1971.429

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