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Triumph of Fortitude

Title: Triumph of Fortitude
Date: about 1525
Artist(s): Brussels School (German, born:unknown, died:unknown)
Materials: Silk; Wool
Information: 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.'
Accession no: WAG 4115
Credit line: Presented to the Walker Art Gallery by Martins Bank Limited in 1953
Location: Walker Art Gallery, on display