The Wise Virgins. Quinque Prudentes. [&] The Foolish Virgins. Quinque Fatuae.[Relevant quotations from Matthew Chapter XXV in English and Latin below each title.]
Pair of stipple engravings with etching and aquatint, each 592 x 482mm. Crease through upper right corner of first image.
Two contrasting images, the first showing a contented young woman holding up a lamp in both hands, with four others standing in a row behind her to right, in a palace interior with musicians playing in the background. In the second, a woman listlessly holds an empty lamp and stands disconsolately with others, one holding a veil to her head in despair. The Parable of the Ten Virgins is a parable told by Jesus in the gospel of Matthew. In it, the five virgins who are prepared for the bridegroom's arrival are rewarded and the five who are not prepared are excluded. The parable has a clear apocalyptic theme: be prepared for the day of reckoning. On paper watermarked 1813.
[Ref: 8021] £550.00