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Humility with a Rising Child (detail)

Henry Holiday, London, England

1893

The virtue of Humility was added to the three primary virtues, a wise reminder in a university setting.

The halo identifies the woman as Christian, and she helps her apparently brilliant child to rise, suggesting the modesty of a mother with a talented offspring. They might remind us of Mary and her exceptional son Jesus.

 

Humility with a Rising Child (detail)