An Allegorical Subject (The Just Ruler)

Known chiefly as a painter of biblical scenes, allegorical and mythological subjects, Willem de Poorter in this work possibly depicts an allegory of Merit in the guise of the just ruler. This concept was similarly represented in an illustration of Cesare Ripa's 'Iconologia', which was translated into Dutch in 1644.

Key facts

Artist dates
1608 - after 1648
Full title
An Allegorical Subject (The Just Ruler)
Date made
probably 1636
Medium and support
Oil on oak
50.2 x 37.5 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Presented by T. Humphrey Ward, 1889
Inventory number
Location in Gallery