Godefried Schalcken, The Wise and Foolish Virgins

Schalcken, Godefried (Dordrecht 1643 – The Hague 1706). The Wise and Foolish Virgins. In the moonlit night the ones try to gain attention with bright lights, jewellery and opened dresses while the others – in the minority – pray with modest dresses and small lights. Steel engraving by William French (c. 1815 – East Grinstead 1898). 3rd quarter of the 19th century. Inscribed: Pinakothek. / Schalken pinxt. / W. French sc., otherwise in German-English as above. 6⅜ × 6¾ in (16.2 × 17.3 cm).

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