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The Parable of the Sower
From a series of six landscapes with Biblical Scenes

Pieter Bast, Flemish, c. 1570 - 1605. Published by Claes Jansz. Visscher, Dutch, 1586/87 - 1652.

Geography:
Made in Southern Netherlands (modern Belgium), Europe
Published in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Europe

Date:
1598

Medium:
Engraving

Dimensions:
Sheet: 4 3/4 x 6 15/16 inches (12.1 x 17.6 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1985-52-29197

Credit Line:
The Muriel and Philip Berman Gift, acquired from the John S. Phillips bequest of 1876 to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, with funds contributed by Muriel and Philip Berman, gifts (by exchange) of Lisa Norris Elkins, Bryant W. Langston, Samuel S. White 3rd and Vera White, with additional funds contributed by John Howard McFadden, Jr., Thomas Skelton Harrison, and the Philip H. and A.S.W. Rosenbach Foundation, 1985

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Label:
In this parable a sower drops seed in three places where it does not grow, and in one place where it does. The seed sown along a path is gathered by Satan, the seed sown on rocky ground does not take root, and the seed sown among thorns is choked. When spread on fertile ground, however, the seed thrives. Jesus explains that the seed is the word of God, and the path, rocky ground, and thorns are people who hear the word but cannot live by it. The fertile ground represents those who are receptive to God’s teachings.