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Virtue, Vice & the Senses: Prints 1540–1660

Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 - 17:00 | Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays: 12:00 - 17:00
Closed 24th December to 27th December 2021 and 31st December 2021 to 1st January 2022 inclusive closed Gallery closures and collection updates

This exhibition looks at the spread and development of prints representing abstract qualities such as the five senses, seven virtues and deadly sins. German and Netherlandish 16th century examples feature female figures accompanied by animals associated with the concept in question, or holding significant objects or attributes. At the turn of the 17th century printmakers in Holland, France and England became more inventive, moving away from traditional allegorical depictions to pairs of amorous couples, women in fashionable dress and elaborate domestic scenes.

A look at the development of prints representing abstract qualities such as the Five Senses, Seven Virtues and Deadly Sins.

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