The Dream of Human Life

This picture is after a drawing by Michelangelo in the Princes Gate collection (London, Courtauld Institute).

The scenes in the background represent six of the Deadly Sins, but no contemporary explanation of the allegory has survived.

Key facts

Artist dates
1475 - 1564
Full title
The Dream of Human Life
Date made
after 1533
Medium and support
Oil on slate
65.4 x 55.9 cm
Acquisition credit
Holwell Carr Bequest, 1831
Inventory number
Location in Gallery