Former Classification: Textiles - Tapestry

The Ship of Virtues, c. 1528–40

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A crew of six women and four men was not your typical naval crew in the early 1500s. But the ship you see here is no ordinary ship: it is a metaphor for life. Guiding it safely to shore and pushing away the demons lurking in the water are personifications of virtues: Hope, Mercy, Perseverance, Divine Comfort, Loyal Heart, Faith, Charity, Patience, Good Will, and Prudence. These virtuous shipmates are presented here as the essential qualities a person needs to navigate the tough waters of daily life, avoid temptations to sin, and safely reach the shores of peaceful eternity.

The Ship of Virtues
H.156.25 x W.156 in.
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Former Classification: Textiles - Tapestry