The fourth foolish Virgin, Martin Schongauer
Martin Schongauer
The fourth foolish Virgin
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Martin Schongauer

The fourth foolish Virgin, ca. 1475

From the Series 'The Five Wise and Five Foolish Virgins'


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126 x 89 mm
Darstellung
123 x 84 mm
Physical Description
Engraving
Inventory Number
33770
Object Number
33770 D
Acquisition
Acquired in 1840
Status
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)

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The New Testament parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins revolves around a wedding custom in which ten virgins go out to meet a bridegroom. While some have filled their lamps with oil, the others have forgotten, are unable to light their lamps, and are barred from joining in the celebration as a result. The tale was linked with a warning: be always prepared for the coming of the Lord. Schongauer’s series was quite successful and often copied, and the expressive figures moreover frequently served painters as models.

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28.05.2024