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active c. 1637–1642 in Antwerp.
“Avarice” (old woman weighing gold),
Oil on canvas, 126 × 103.5cm.
Kassel, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen.
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Some people claim that money makes the world go round, yet the excessive pursuit of material wealth has the potential to cause great damage. As German philosopher Erich Fromm wrote: “Greed is a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction”.
In the final part of our
series illustrating the Seven Deadly Sins
, we take a look at paintings, photographs and illustrations from the archive depicting avarice.