Wednesday, September 23, 2020

478. Coffee Conversation: Ricketts's "Parable of the Vineyard"

Today, from eleven o'clock in the morning, a "Coffee Conversation" about a painting by Ricketts in the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin can be seen on Youtube. It is part of a series of informative videos. 

Announcement Online Coffee Conversation,
Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, 23 September 2020

Curator Yseult O'Driscoll will talk about Ricketts's painting 'The Parable of the Vineyard'. There are several parables with this subject and the title of the painting is confusing. Actually, it is 'The Parable of the Tenants', or 'The Parable of the Wicked Husbandmen' as it is called in the Vale Press edition The Parables from the Gospels. For the book, Ricketts made ten wood-engravings, one depicting the same dramatic moment as the painting. 

Charles Ricketts, 'The Parable of the Vineyard'
[Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin]

The parable (Matthew, 21: 33-42) tells the story of a landowner who, after planting a vineyard, rented it out to farmers, and left the region. To collect his fruit, he sent servants to the vineyard, who were beaten or killed by the tenant farmers. Finally, he sent his son, expecting them to respect him. But they killed the son. 

The Parables from the Gospels (1903) [page xxiv and facing plate]

From today, Yseult O'Driscoll's talk will be on view on YouTube.

[See also an earlier blog about Hugh Lane: 93 Did not sleep last night.]