The Wise and Foolish Virgins, plate five

A work made of engraving and etching on ivory laid paper.
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  • A work made of engraving and etching on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1635

Artist:

Abraham Bosse
French, 1602-1676

About this artwork

Abraham Bosse’s Wise and Foolish Virgins is a sincere evocation of the joys of domesticity. These dutiful and industrious women embody the wisdom of moderation by staying indoors while their wilder, foolish counterparts run amok outside. In the New Testament parable that Bosse updates, it is only the wise virgins who are invited to a wedding feast (and by implication, into heaven), while the foolish ones are left outside in the graceless cold.

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Artist

Abraham Bosse

Title

The Wise and Foolish Virgins, plate five

Origin

France

Date

1635

Medium

Engraving and etching on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

218 × 320 mm (image); 422 × 320 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Print Sales Miscellaneous Fund and Stickney Collection

Reference Number

1937.138

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