Allegory of VigilanceOn Display

This painting and the related “Allegory of Vanity” must have comprised a portion of a cycle of virtues and vices. Secular cycles such as these commonly appeared high on the walls of administrative spaces for didactic purposes. Personifications of abstract virtues and vices were conventional motifs used to exhort government officials to act judiciously and honorably.

  • About 1590s
  • 42 1/2 x 40 in. (108 x 101.6 cm)
  • 1961.93
  • Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation