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Storytelling in Miniature

Heinrich Aldegrever
German, 1502–about 1561


Engraving, 1549
2 11/16 x 1 7/8 in.
Gift of Carl B. Spitzer, 1938.50

Concordia is the ancient Roman goddess of harmony and peace. She is shown here holding a model of a town in her left hand while she supports a large millstone with her right. This print is taken from a series of representations of vices and virtues. The millstone symbolizes the grinding of many grains creating homogeneous flour, while the representation of the city suggests a harmonious union of citizens.