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Four Allegories

2006.44.931 (RS10408)


Five framed photographic prints after the "Four Allegories" of Giovanni Bellini. From left to right: the Lust is represented by two male figures in a landscape. One of them is in a chariot pulled by three putti. The next painting represents the Fortune: a woman in a boat holding a large orb. She is surrounded by putti. The next picture centers on a blindfolded harpie holding water vessels in each hand and standing on two orbs. The next painting depicts the Vanity: a nude woman standing on a pedestal in a vaulted cell. She holds a round mirror, and three children play instruments at her feet. The last image, the Falsehood, is of a large conch shell carried by to men walking up steps. On the top step is an inscription reading "Joannes Bellin V.S.P."


Walter Kimball & Co. (Framer)
Reproduction of Bellini, Giovanni, 1431-1436-1516 (Artist)
"IR" (In the lower left corner of the 2nd painting from the left. The mark is a "I" printed on a smaller "R". )
"Joannes Bellinus P." (Signature on the step of the last image to the right.)
"Walter Kimball & Co. 9 Park Street, Boston"
Location of origin
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Associated Building
Original to Phillips House (Salem, Mass.).
paper (fiber product)
wood (plant material)
Object type
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Massachusetts (United States)
Descriptive terms
paper (fiber product)
photographic prints
Print, Photographic
wood (plant material)
12 2/16 x 33 2/16 x 13/16 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
Credit Line
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation