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Parable Of The Wise And Foolish Virgins, 1899. Creator: William John Wainwright

Parable Of The Wise And Foolish Virgins, 1899. Creator: William John Wainwright


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Parable Of The Wise And Foolish Virgins, 1899. Creator: William John Wainwright

Parable Of The Wise And Foolish Virgins, 1899

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Allegorical Artistic Style Birmingham Museum And Art Gallery Birmingham Museum Art Gallery Birmingham Museums And Art Gallery Birmingham Museums Trust Foolish Garland Garlands Lamp Oil Lamp Oil Lamps Parable Parable Of The Ten Virgins Pre Raphaelite Pre Raphaelite Brotherhood Stupid Wisdom Wise Wise And Foolish Virgins Allegorical Figure Wasteful William John Wainwright


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In this print titled "Parable Of The Wise And Foolish Virgins, 1899" created by William John Wainwright, we are transported to the enchanting world of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. This 19th-century masterpiece, housed in the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, beautifully depicts the biblical parable of the ten virgins. The image showcases an allegorical figure surrounded by a vibrant burst of color and nature's beauty. A wise woman stands at the center with an oil lamp held high, symbolizing her preparedness and wisdom. Her garland of flowers represents purity and devotion to her faith. Contrasting against her is a group of foolish virgins depicted as wasteful and unprepared. Their lamps flicker dimly or have gone out entirely, leaving them in darkness. These women serve as cautionary figures reminding us not to squander our opportunities for spiritual growth. Wainwright's artistic style captures every intricate detail with precision and grace. The use of light illuminates both the physical scene and its deeper meaning within Christian teachings. This thought-provoking artwork invites viewers to reflect on their own lives: Are we living wisely or foolishly? Do we nurture our inner light or allow it to fade away? As we admire this heritage art piece from Britain's rich cultural history, let us be inspired by its timeless message – that true wisdom lies in being prepared for life's challenges while embracing our spiritual journey wholeheartedly.

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