'The Triumph of Fortitude', Flemish (Brussels)

A colourful tapestry, as described below.

Wool and silk, 411 x 533cm

Accession Number WAG4115

This large tapestry shows various people from classical and biblical history. They are all known for displaying 'fortitude', or courage in the face of adversity. The design was one of a series of 'Triumphs' of the seven virtues. These are divided into 4 Cardinal Virtues (Prudence, Justice, Fortitude and Temperance) and 3 Theological Virtues (Faith, Hope and Charity).

The tapestry may originally have been in a Spanish collection. The Latin inscription along the top boarder can be translated as

'Valour matches intrepid hearts against adverse perils. Likewise, salvation accepted from death pleases.'

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