|Artist||Crispijn de Passe the Elder after Maerten de Vos|
|Dimensions||Image 140 x 83 mm, Sheet 153 x 85 mm|
A personification of Fides or faith, one of the seven virtues, as a women, holding a cross and chalice, trampling a snake under her feet, and the scene of the Last Supper in the background.
Inscription below image: "Fides. Hæc est alma ... est iustificare Fides."
Maerten de Vos (1532-1603) was a Flemish painter and draughtsman. He was a pupil of his father Pieter de Vos and a follower of Frans Floris in Antwerp. Between 1550 and 1558 he travelled in Italy, visiting Rome, Venice and possibly Florence. In 1558 he became a master of the Antwerp Guild of St Luke. Between 1571 and 1572, he was dean of the Guild. From 1575 he mainly produced print designs. He was the father of the artists Daniel (1568-1605) and Maerten the Younger (1576-1613).
Crispijn de Passe the Elder (1564-1637) was a prominent Dutch engraver and the founder of a distinguished publishing house in Cologne, which produced portraits of European nobility, and religious prints amongst others. The family were forced to leave Cologne because of their Anabaptist faith in 1589, moved to Keulen and later to Utrecht in 1611. Crispijn was the father of Simon, Crispijn the Younger and Magdalena van de Passe.
Hollstein, Maarten de Vos, 1169; Hollstein, Passe, 426
Condition: Trimmed to image and below inscription, tipped to album page. Overall time toning, small discolouration to lower left edge.