Charity, one of the theological virtues together with Faith and Hope, is here represented as a woman with three children. From the 16th century onwards, Charity was commonly depicted as a woman suckling her young.

This picture derives from Francesco Salviati's larger picture of the subject (Florence, Uffizi) and was previously catalogued as by a follower of Salviati.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1503 - 1577
Full title
Charity
Date made
probably about 1570
Medium and support
Oil on wood
Dimensions
24.5 x 17.8 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1860
Inventory number
NG652
Location in Gallery