Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The rich fool (1627)

The rich fool (1627)
Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn 1606 – 1669
oil on panel (32 × 42 cm) — 1627
Luke 12:20 - But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?
Rembrandt illustrates the parable of the rich fool, as told in Luke 12. At night a rich man studies one of his golden coins.

In the early 17th century a stack of books was often used as a symbol of vanity. The Hebrew letters suggest a biblical setting.

The usual interpretation of the parable is that there is no point in spending a life gathering wealth. After all, onced you die money is of no use. It might even get into the hands of people who do not deserve it. It is therefore thought to be wiser to be "rich toward God".
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