Abundance & Merit by Francesco Guardi

The allegory of Abundance is depicted, following tradition, as a woman distributing gold coins, while Merit, wearing a cloak over armour, and a wreath of laurel leaves, holds a sceptre.


Oil on panel
128 x 74 cm
Art Fund grant:
£2,500 ( Total: £25,000)
Acquired in:

The figures are painted in pale-green grisaille with creamy highlights. The panels were originally cupboard doors, and until recently had hinges and a lock on their backs. Both figures seem to have been painted over flower paintings, which now show through in places, particularly to the left of the figure of Merit. The two allegorical panels were originally cupboard doors.

Venue details

Walker Art Gallery William Brown Street, LIVERPOOL Merseyside L3 8EL 0151 478 4199 www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/walker

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