Four Allegories

Collection Type

  • Photography




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."


Descriptive Terms

photographic prints
paper (fiber product)
wood (plant material)
Print, Photographic


"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"

Associated Building

Original to Phillips House (Salem, Mass.),

Additional Identification Number



Walter Kimball & Co. (Framer)
Reproduction of Bellini, Giovanni, 1431-1436-1516 (Artist)

Location of Origin

Boston, Massachusetts, United States


12 2/16 x 33 2/16 x 13/16 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation

Accession Number



Massachusetts (United States)
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)