The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard

Francesco Maffei1645

Museo di Castelvecchio

Museo di Castelvecchio
Verona, Italy

The cleaning performed on the work on the occasion of the restoration in 1986 brought out its chromatic vivacity, bringing out the series of tender colors, yellow, blue, pink, previously depressed on the dark background, and allowed to grasp the definition of details barely sketched, like the decorative figure sketched on the base on the left or the rag shoes of the peasants. The image presents a clear partition between a darker area of architecture and a brighter area of the sky. The horizon is placed almost at the line of the earth, standing out the figures of the peasants against a sky suddenly enlivened by a shot of light on a cloud.


  • Title: The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard
  • Creator: Francesco Maffei (Vicenza 1605 ca. - Padua 1660)
  • Date Created: 1645
  • Physical Dimensions: H 57 x L 76 cm
  • Provenance: Verona, Cesare Bernasconi; in the Museum since 1871
  • Type: painting
  • Medium: oil on canvas

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