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Study for the Wise and Foolish Virgins by Frans Schwartz

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Frans Schwartz (Danish, 1850-1917) Study for the Wise and Foolish Virgins (circa 1885) Oil on Board, 20 x 13 1/2 in In a preliminary study for The Wise and Foolish Virgins, Schwartz depicts a seated woman, face turned to left, glancing above her shoulder, while light from the lamp she holds illuminates her robes with a soft, golden glow. With loose brushstrokes and a limited a palette, Schwartz masterfully brings the seemingly simple form to life. The figure is one of ten virgins from the parable in which Jesus compares Christian life with five wise virgins and five foolish virgins, and their preparations before meeting the bridegroom. “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.” Matthew 25:1-4. Born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1850, Schwartz studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. After a brief time painting abroad, he returned and founded a private art school. He was commissioned to paint a mural of The Wise and Foolish Virgins for the Soldenfeldt Foundation, considered by many his greatest work. In later years he received commissions for large alter paintings, as well as monumental wall and ceiling decorations in Frederiksborg Castle and the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek.

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  • Creator
    Frans Schwartz (Artist)
  • Place of Origin
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1885
  • Dimensions
    H 20 in. x W 13.5 in. x D 2 in.H 50.8 cm x W 34.29 cm x D 5.08 cm
  • Seller Location
    Salt Lake City, UT
  • Reference Number
    LU1001715725761
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