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The Parable of the Blind

CUYP, Benjamin Gerritsz (1612 - 1652)

The Parable of the Blind

Media: oil on canvas

Size: fr. 76.5 x 70.5 cm

Acquired: 1952; Bequest; Gwendoline Davies

Accession Number: NMW A 30

Collection: The Davies Sisters Collection

Two blind beggars stagger through the landscape, their blindness symbolic of human ignorance and folly. ‘If the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into a ditchwarns the Biblical parable (Matthew 15:14).  Benjamin Cuyp specialized in scenes of peasant life and Biblical subjects.  Here he addresses the spiritual conflicts of this turbulent time.  He was the uncle of the more famous landscape artist, Aelbert Cuyp.

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