Abuse of Inheritance (1597)

The wolf’s head is the formation and process of inheritance. It has hell’s mouth as a belly and screws as legs. The woman stands for ‘Bad Opinions’, and has various chains and hoops on her. The creepy skull creature is a legacy. All follow a Cupid blinded by a money bag.

Designer Galle, Phillips. Inspiration Goltzius, Hendrick. Printmaker Galle, Cornelis. Abuse of Inheritance, 1593 – 1597. Rijksmuseum, public domain license.