Parable of the Blind.
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Title:Parable of the Blind

A local street artist in Victoria, British Columbia, made this representation of the famous dictum, "blind leading the blind." The original painting is by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, painted in 1568 and housed in the Galleria Nazionale di Capodimonte, Naples, Italy.

The staying power and cultural integration of this tale is remarkable, while at the same time reminding us of the cruelty that such stories can render. Jesus' own parallel of the ignorance of the Pharisees with the stigma of blindness is a difficult one for today's world, in which the visually disabled community works to find constructive ways of full participation in life.


Scripture:Matthew 15:(10-20), 21-28
Lectionary links:AProp15
General Subject:Blindness

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Record Number:54268 Last Updated: 2020-05-10 15:10:33 Record Created: 2009-03-19 13:20:40
Institution:Vanderbilt University Unit: Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition