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

Venecia, 1707 - Venecia, 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.

Technical data

Inventory number
P006079
Author
Fontebasso, Francesco
Title
The Bridegroom and the foolish Virgins
Date
1730 - 1769
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimension
Height: 59 cm.; Width: 80 cm.
Provenance
Hohenlohe Collection, El Quexigal, 1979; acquisition, 1980

Bibliography +

El Quexigal : la casa y su contenido propiedad de la familia..., Madrid, Sotheby Parke Bernet & Co. Sucurs, 1979, pp. Lote 34.

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

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo 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.''

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Update date: 23-10-2019 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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