Charity is shown here as a woman suckling a baby with two more children by her side; the small girl on the left holds a doll. It was common to show Charity as a woman with children from the 14th century onwards.

This particular form of the device occurs only after 1537. Cranach himself mentions two pictures of Charity when listing his work in Augsburg (1550-1).This need not be one of those but is probably a late work.

Key facts

Artist dates
1472 - 1553
Full title
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on beech
56.3 x 36.2 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Inscribed
Acquisition credit
Presented by Rosalind Countess of Carlisle, 1913
Inventory number
Location in Gallery

Further information

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