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The Bridegroom and the foolish Virgins
Fontebasso, Francesco
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Fontebasso, Francesco

Venice (Italy), 1707 - Venice (Italy), 1769

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The Bridegroom and the foolish Virgins

1730 - 1769. Oil on canvas.
Not on display

With the luminous serenity typical of Venetian painting, Fontebasso depicts this parable from the Gospel of Saint Matthew (25: 1-13). The bridegroom, who resembles standard images of Christ, has already allowed the wise virgins to enter but closes the door on the foolish ones. Invited to the wedding, they forgot the oil for their lamps and were obliged to go out and buy some, thus arriving late. The parable refers to the vigilance required of us all, as depending on how death takes us we may save or condemn ourselves.

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Fontebasso, Francesco
The Bridegroom and the foolish Virgins
1730 - 1769
Height: 59 cm; Width: 80 cm
Hohenlohe Collection, El Quexigal, 1979; acquisition, 1980

Bibliography +

El Quexigal: la casa y su contenido propiedad de la familia Hohenlohe, Madrid, Sotheby's, 1979, pp. Lote 34.

Pita Andrade, José Manuel (1922-), Museo del Prado.Adquisiciones 1978-1981, Ministerio de Cultura, Madrid, 1981.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1985, pp. 223-224.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: catálogo de las pinturas, Ministerio de Educación y Cultura, Madrid, 1996, pp. 114.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: inventario general de pinturas, III, Museo del Prado, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1996.

Other inventories +

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (iniciado en 1856). Núm. 1963.
Francesco Fontebasso / 1963. Cristo y las vírgenes locas. / 0,59 x 0,80 / Cat nº 6079 / Adquirido por O. M. 5-X-1980, en 316.000 pts.

Update date: 20-08-2022 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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