Jenny Schmid American (b. 1969)

The Wise Virgin

Medium: Lithograph

Year: 2003

Edition : 23

Signature: Signed in pencil

Size: 20 x 15 inches

Description: The parable of the ten virgins is told in the New Testament to instruct Christians to be ready for Jesus’s return. Here Schmid combines the parable with more literal allusions to the trapping of a woman’s virginity. Carrying the oil lamp from the parable, the wise virgin hurries quickly by a lecherous man while simultaneously stomping on a serpent and avoiding the devil trying to pour poison in her ear. Unlike Eve, she is not swayed by temptation. The surrounding portraits of Queen Elizabeth I imbue her with the strength and authority that comes with maintaining control over one’s own body.

Price: $550.00