The exhibition Manor Life

The exhibition Manor Life

Figure of Virtue

The carving on the left is a so-called figure of virtue, and the lady in

the dress inspired by antiquity is no doubt a personification of the

seven cardinal virtues. Her attribute, whereby a figure of virtue is

usually identified, is unfortunetately broken off. It may have been a

cross in which case it was the virtue “Belief”, or it may have been the

handle of a weight, and in that case the virtue would have been


The figure was found in a stack of firewood at Soenderskov in the

nineteen sixties. Where the carving was placed originally is unknown,

but perhaps it was mounted on a cupboard front like the one in the

middle of the 17 th century painting below.

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