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A Wise VirginA Foolish Virgin

A Wise Virgin / A Foolish Virgin
Donald J. Forsythe
plywood, poplar, balsa wood, bamboo, acrylic mediums and pigments, sand, embroidery hoops, Japanese gift paper, devotional book pages
Messiah College, Grantham, PA

Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five of them were wise.When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them. But the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. Matthew 25: 1-4.

A Wise Virgin/A Foolish Virgin is a contemporary interpretation of the parable of Jesus. An important source of inspiration was Martin Schongauer's 15thc. engravings on the subject which show quite literally the women of the story, one whose lamp was burning and another whose lamp had gone out. The intent is to bring the meaning of the story into a contemporary context, hence the treatment without figures.


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