Laborers in the Vineyard.
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Title:Laborers in the Vineyard
Notes:Orthodox icon, likely in mural form.

This mural depicting the parable of the laborers in the vineyard is bursting with vivid hues, distinguishing each group called to labor by the color of their tunics. At the left side of the piece, the workers are toiling away. The scene shifts to the center where the laborers are being paid by the manager, each the same sum as promised by the landowner. Finally, at the left side, the landowner sits at his dwelling with his right arm raised as he oversees his manager and the work of those hired. The parable itself may cause the reader to balk at the unfairness of the landowner’s economic practices. But as he says, “Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?” God’s radical economy of grace should encourage the reader/viewer to live in a similarly liberal manner.

Date:ca. 21st century

Scripture:Matthew 20:1-16
Lectionary links:AProp20
General Subject:Vineyard

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Attribution:Laborers in the Vineyard, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved June 14, 2024]. Original source:
Record Number:57594 Last Updated: 2024-04-16 14:07:13 Record Created: 2020-05-06 14:17:34
Institution:Vanderbilt University Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition