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The Triumph of Chastity over Love: C.37-1983

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Current Location: Gallery 32 (Rothschild)


The Triumph of Chastity over Love


Production: Coecke van Aelst, Pieter I (Style of)




Clear glass, silver-stained and painted, yellow and brown with border of blue glass. The Triumph of Chastity over Love. Chastity sits in a golden car drawn by two unicorns over the prostrate bodies of Venus and Cupid. She carries a palm, as do the five women in the landscape background and the man and woman following the car.


History note: From the collection of Dr C.A. Ralegh Radford, FSA. In the possession of the vendor's father at Bradninch Manor from at least 1918-21 to his death in 1925 and then in the possession of the vendor and his mother there until 1949 when the panel and its companion were removed. See letter of 16th September, 1983. They may have been in the vendor's father's possession since 1914.

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Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum, with a grant-in-aid from the Victoria and Albert Museum

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 32 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Antwerp ⪼ Flanders

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1983-07-25) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


Mid-16th Century
Circa 1540 CE - 1550 CE


Style of Pieter Coecke van Aelst (c.1502-50), probably from his workshop or that of a glass painter influenced by him.

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Components of the work

Border composed of blue glass

Materials used in production

Clear glass

Techniques used in production

Staining : Clear glass, silver-stained and painted, yellow and brown with border of blue glass

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.37-1983
Primary reference Number: 28202
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 27 January 2021 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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