Reflect that many are called but few are chosen (Mt. 22:14) and that, if you are not careful, your perdition is more certain than your salvation, especially since the path to eternal life is so constricted (Mt. 7:14).Saint John of the Cross
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Gallery label: It took Millais seven years to design twenty images inspired by New Testament Parables for the Dalziel Brothers, and the resulting prints are considered pinnacles of wood engraved illustration. The artist wrote to his publishers, “I can do ordinary drawings as quickly as most men, but these designs can scarcely be regarded in the same light—each Parable I illustrate perhaps a dozen times before I fix [the image].” After completing a design, Millais transferred it to a woodblock coated with “Chinese” white for skilled engravers to carve. Finally, he reviewed proofs, and final adjustments were made before the final printing.
The Parable of the Marriage Feast appears in Matthew 22:1-14, and Millais represents the moment when a guest who failed to wear suitable clothes is ejected. Pre-Raphaelite ideals shaped the combination of detailed naturalism and down-to-earth imagery to produce a work distinctly different than most religious art of the period.
John of the Cross, St. 1991, The Collected Works of St. John of the Cross, Revised Edition, translated from the Spanish by Kavanaugh, K and Rodriguez, O with revisions and introductions by Kavanaugh, K, ICS Publications, Washington DC.