Allegory of Virtue and Riches

Oil on copper | 17.1 x 13.1cm | c. 1667

Godfried Schalcken

A small, beady-eyed sparrow on one side of a set of scales heavily outweighs the gold and pearls which a weeping woman, two tears glistening on her cheeks, places in the other. Clearly, in the real word, this couldn't happen: the bird would be much t...
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