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.
- Titles Allegory of Vigilance (Proper)
- Artist Domenico Robusti, called Domenico Tintoretto, Italy, Venetian, 1560 - 1635
- Medium oil on canvas
- Dimensions 42 1/2 x 40 in. (108 x 101.6 cm) frame: 52 × 50 × 3 3/4 in. (132.1 × 127 × 9.5 cm)
- Credit Line Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, 1961.93
- Work Type painting
- Classification Paintings
- On View
- Provenance With Professor Luigi Grassi (1858-1937), Florence [see note 1]. Achillito Chiesa, Milan, early 20th century [see note 2]. With Count Alessandro Contini-Bonacossi (1878-1955), Florence; purchased by Samuel H. Kress (1863-1955), New York, September 13, 1931 as Jacopo Tintoretto; gift to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1939; deaccessioned in 1952 and returned to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation; on loan to the Birmingham Museum of Art, 1952; gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation to the Birmingham Museum of Art, 1961
1. Provenance information from Suida, William. Birmingham Museum of Art: The Samuel H. Kress Collection (Birmingham, AL: Birmingham Museum of Art, 1952), 57.
2. National Gallery of Art. Preliminary Catalogue of Paintings and Sculpture. Descriptive List with Notes (Washington, D.C.: National Gallery of Art, 1941), 196, no. 185.