The subject matter for this allegory obviously did not suit Vermeer's taste. This file has been identified as being free of known restrictions under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights. Cant, for instance, calls it "harder, more brittle, less convincing.
At the bottom of the picture, nearer the viewer, is an apple, and nearer still a snake which has been squashed by a cornerstone. 2), quite possibly the 'ebony wood crucifix' listed in the inventory of movable goods drawn up after Vermeer's death. English: Johannes Vermeer, Allegory of the Catholic Faith, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Wheelock, citing his fellow academic at the University of Maryland, Quint Gregory, believes the slight overlapping of the chalice and the gold backdrop of the crucifix "may symbolically suggest the essential role of the Eucharist in bridging the physical and spiritual realms", a very Catholic idea.
This work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 100 years or fewer. After spending time in an unknown collection, the painting (described as "depicting the New Testament") was auctioned off in 1718, again in Amsterdam. (The globe, with its distinctive cartouche (decorative label) has been identified as one made by Hendrick Hondius). Read There is no source for the light on her dress, perhaps indicating that she is lit by an inner illumination — a strong indication to the viewer that she is not to be considered an individual, but a symbol, according to Walter Liedtke.
C. Willemijn Fock: Het Nederlandse interieur in beeld, Zandvliet, 250 De Rijksten van de Gouden Eeuw, Ik doe wat ik doe, teksten van Lennaert Nijgh, Hollandse Stadsgezichten/ Dutch Cityscape, Zee van Land / over Hollandse Polders (NL), Sea of Land / about Dutch Polders (English). Hence, we have here an exercise in classicism, of abstract concepts, which led to a mediocre result. Please note this tricky situation: The slab of stone crushing Satan is the “cornerstone” of Psalm 118, the one “the builders rejected [and] has become the cornerstone.” And the apple on the floor near Magdalene’s left foot is, obviously, the very one from Eden. | Spanish Brad Miner is senior editor of The Catholic Thing, senior fellow of the Faith & Reason Institute, and Board Secretary of Aid to the Church In Need USA. An expensive rug covering the dais. Drs. In a meticulous, in-depth study of the Catholic backdrop of the Allegory of Faith, Valerie Hedquist provides convincing pictorial and iconographic evidence which supports the identification of the richly attired woman more specifically as the penitent Saint Mary Magdalene, representing the figure of faith. It was auctioned again in 1735 (described as "artfully and minutely painted"), and in the Ietswaart sale of 1749 (described as "as good as Eglon van der Neer"). Thus, we are in the presence of a rather dry amalgamate, drawn in the main from Cesare Ripa's book Iconologia, to which a large Crucifixion by Jacob Jordaens on the back wall is added as a backdrop. Amongst these were: Allegory of the Catholic Faith by Johannes Vermeer, "Allegory of the Catholic Faith (Exhibition History section)", Metropolitan Museum of Art Web page about the painting, The Ghost of Vermeer of Delft Which Can Be Used As a Table, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=The_Allegory_of_Faith&oldid=981036743, Paintings of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Paintings depicting the Crucifixion of Jesus, Wikipedia articles with RKDID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, ”Vermeer. Artist: Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675), Title: Allegory of the Catholic Faith, Collection: Metropolitan Museum of Art, Information from/Photographed by: Metropolitan Museum of Art Gemaelde. 4 Collection Colonel M. Friedsam, New York. 5 The Art of Painting also uses symbolism from Cesare Ripa of Clio, muse of history.