William Blake, 'The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins'
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William Blake’s ‘The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins’ was drawn circa 1799. The drawing epitomises Blake’s fondness for classical sculptural form, as well as the intense fear of God that resonates throughout his entire catalogue. Blake took scripture very seriously and his work frequently invokes the dignity of sainthood and the possibilities of God’s retribution. The ‘Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins’ reminds us that we need to prepared for Christ’s return.