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Avarice, study for a print; 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 of a moneylender behind, curious buildings and half-human creatures pursuing symbolic occupations, some of them shooting arrows at a suspended pouch with coins at left. 1556
Pen and grey-brown ink, indented for transfer
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Height: 228 millimetres
Width: 297 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Finished drawing for the engraving by Pieter van der Heyden, 1558 (Bastelaer 128), in the series of the Seven Deadly Sins, for which all the drawings are now known.
Lit.: H.A. Klein, 'Graphic Worlds of Pieter Bruegel the Elder', 1963, pp.102-103, cat.no.40; Hans Mielke, Pieter Bruegel. Die Zeichnungen, 1996, cat.no.33; Nadine M. Orenstein (ed.), 'Pieter Bruegel the Elder: Drawings and Prints', exhibition catalogue, The Metropolitan Museum of Arts New York and Museum Boijmans van Beuningen Rotterdam, cat.no.42.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1967-8 BM, Campbell Dodgson, (no cat.)
1973 BM, Netherlandish prints and drawings, (no cat.)
1980, Brussels, Palais des Beaux-Arts, 'Bruegel: une dynastie de peintres' cat. no. 22
2001, May-Aug, Rotterdam, Boijmans Mus. 'Pieter Bruegel the Elder', cat.42
2001, Sept-Dec, New York, Met. Museum, 'Pieter Bruegel the Elder', cat.42
2004 Jan-April, London, National Gallery, 'Bosch and Bruegel:...'
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