“And there were also two other, malefactors, led with him to be put to death.
And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.
Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.
And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.
And the people stood beholding.
And the rulers also with them derided him, saying, He saved others; let him save himself, if he be Christ, the chosen of God.
And the soldiers also mocked him, coming to him, and offering him vinegar, And saying, If thou be the king of the Jews, save thyself.”
Luke 23:32-37 KJV
The Virgin and her Companions sewing the Veil of the Temple
after Guido Reni (Bologna 1575 – Bologna 1642)
Art / Oil paintings
1600 – 1699
Oil on canvas
219 x 1969 mm (48 x 77 1/2)
Place of origin
Tatton Park, Cheshire (Accredited Museum)
On show at
Tatton Park, Cheshire, North, National Trust
According to the apocryphal gospels and Jacobus de Voragine’s medieval Golden Legend, the Virgin Mary spent her childhood in the Temple of Jerusalem. She was accompanied by other virgins and was visited daily by angels since her parents had been forewarned that she was God’s chosen one. Here Mary is seen sitting with six companions, busy sewing, whilst two female figures preside, one of whom, on the left, is holding a distaff, an attribute of one the Fates, Eve and the Virgin. The veil was torn in two on the death of Jesus Christ.
In other depictions of the Madonna sewing, like Guido Reni’s 1611 fresco in the Chapel of the Annunciation, at the Palazzo del Quirinale, Rome, she is alone with only two angels. It suggests a later stage in her life, after her education, where she may already be pregnant with the holy child and preparing for his birth.
A prime version is in the Hermitage in St Petersburg, from the Basilica della Santa Casa in Loreto.
Oil painting on canvas, The Virgin and her Companions sewing the Veil of the Temple (The Education of the Virgin), after Guido Reni (Bologna 1575 – Bologna 1642). Depicts a scene with the female subject seated in the centre with her attendants about her. This is a copy of the picture of around 1640/42 in the Hermitage, St Petersburg. The veil of the temple was torn in two on the death of Jesus Christ.
Bequeathed by Maurice Egerton, 4th Baron Egerton of Tatton (1874 – 1958) to the National Trust with the house, gardens and contents of Tatton Park
Tatton Park, The Egerton Collection (National Trust)
Makers and roles
after Guido Reni (Bologna 1575 – Bologna 1642), artist of original
previously catalogued as attributed to Bernhard Keil (Helsingør 1624- Rome 1687), artist of original
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