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Seven Virtues

Francesco Pesellino and Workshop

About 1450

This painting and its pendant The Seven Liberal Arts were made to decorate the front panels of cassoni (wooden chests). Cassoni were often commissioned in pairs for weddings, one each for the bride and groom. They were decorated with themes that held didactic messages, particularly for the wife. This one extols female virtue by depicting personifications of the seven virtues together with famous representatives of them.