Hans Baldung Green is an extremely original master, whose creativity is whimsically intertwined with Renaissance features with medieval symbols, fiction and elements of emerging Mannerism, an artistic direction that was developed in Germany during the years of reaction that followed the suppression of peasant wars.
Medieval painting in general is full of symbols, which was understandable to contemporaries. Renaissance brought to the art of ancient stories, there were many works of art about virtues and vices. Often they were opposed. Many works were devoted to virtues.
Hans Baldung Green’s “Prudence” is an allegory of prudence. The artist is a beautiful young nude woman, she steps on the Serpent, which, as is known, convinced Eve to commit the original sin. Virtue will never allow this. A firm and serious view, self-absorption, the ability to cope with their passions and take over them – that’s what prudence is in the interpretation of the famous German artist.