Paolo Veronese (Paolo Caliari) / Allegory of Virtue and Vice (The Choice of Hercules) / c. 1580Paolo Veronese (Paolo Caliari)
Allegory of Virtue and Vice (The Choice of Hercules)
c. 1580

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Creator Name: Veronese, Paolo
Creator Nationality: European; Southern European; Italian
Creator Dates/Places: c.1528-1588
Creator Name-CRT: Paolo Veronese (Paolo Caliari)
Title: Allegory of Virtue and Vice (The Choice of Hercules)
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1570
Creation End Date: 1590
Creation Date: c. 1580
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas (lined)
Dimensions: 86 1/4 x 66 3/4 in. (219 x 169.5 cm.)
AMICA Contributor: The Frick Collection
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 12.1.129
Credit Line: Purchased
Subject Terms: Allegory - Vice
Subject Terms: Allegory - Virtue
Context: At a crossroads, Hercules encountered Vice, who offered a path of ease and pleasure, and Virtue, who indicated a rugged ascent leading to true happiness a moral lesson underlined by the motto on the entablature at upper left: [HO]NOR ET VIRTUS/[P]OST MORTE FLORET (Honor and Virtue Flourish after Death). The long talons of Vice have ripped the hero's stocking. A jagged knife leans against the breast of the sphinx supporting her throne. This painting is one of the Frick s two large canvases by Veronese. For additional information, please see the essay about Allegory of Wisdom and Strength.
Related Document Description: New York, The Frick Collection. Art in the Frick Collection: Paintings, Sculpture, Decorative Arts [cat.]. Comp. C. Ryskamp, et al., 1996, pp.52-53, p.53 (reproduced in color). New York, The Frick Collection. An Illustrated Catalogue. Vol.2, Paintings. [cat.]. 1968, pp.272-284, p.275 (reproduced).
AMICA ID: TFC_.Veronese.12-1-129
AMICA Library Year: 1999
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Frick Collection, New York, 1999

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