Picart, Étienne (1632-1721), after Correggio (1489-1534; Italian)
La Vertue Heroique victorieuse des vices… [Virtue triumphant over Vice] 1672
Gift of George Collins Levey 1879
National Gallery of Victoria (p.183.5-1)

= Levey gift, cat.36

The source canvas, painted for Isabella d’Este’s Mantua studiolo in about 1530, was one of several given to Cardinal Richelieu in about 1627, following the dispersal of the Este collection, and subsequently acquired by Louis XIV.

Picart’s engraving appears as no.1 in the list of engravings forming the first (1677) group of Tableaux du roi prints in Duplessis (1869).

For the companion image of Vice, see Picart after Correggio Allegory of Vice 1676 {1879} NGV [PR].


Not listed in NGV 1894 or 1905 

For the NGV impression, see https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/explore/collection/work/37655 (not reproduced; as by an unknown engraver). Cf. Suite et Arrangement (1727), p.2; Duplessis Cabinet du roi (1869), p.6, no.1; for the impression in the French National Library, see http://www.europeana.eu/portal/record/9200365/BibliographicResource_30000944701157.html (reproduced)

For Correggio’s painting, see e.g. Louvre cat.II (1981), p.168, Inv.5926 (as acquired from Jabach in 1662)