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The Wise and the Foolish Virgins: T.1-1945

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Current Location: In storage


The Wise and the Foolish Virgins


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Tapestry depicting the parable of the five wise and the five foolish virgins, who went forth to meet the bridegroom. The virgins are shown in two rows above each other. At the top we see the wise virgins, their lamps raised high, below the foolish ones hold their extinguished lamps and cry into their handkerchiefs. They are all wearing bridal gowns. The upper part of the bodies is frontal but they turn slightly from the waist so that their ornate skirts are seen partly in profile and they overlap a little. The haloed figure at the top left is probably Christ, the bridegroom. The man at the bottom right may be the seller of the oil.

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Given by Mrs Beasley

Measurements and weight

Length: 6'2" ft
Width: 4'11.1/2 ft

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1945-01-14) by Beasley, Mrs


17th Century#
Production date: AD 1658

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Identification numbers

Accession number: T.1-1945
Primary reference Number: 77887
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 17 October 2017 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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