The Parable of the Mote and the Beam

Domenico Fetti Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 620

Trained in Rome, Fetti evolved a style of animated, feathery brushstrokes that allows the eye to penetrate layers of the paint surface. In 1614 Fetti moved to Mantua, where he worked for Ferdinando Gonzaga alongside his sister and pupil, Lucrina Fetti. This painting is one of thirteen illustrations of Gospel parables painted in about 1619 for Gonzaga’s studiolo (a small private study, often filled with books and art). It represents an admonition by Jesus: “And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?”

The Parable of the Mote and the Beam, Domenico Fetti (Italian, Rome (?) 1591/92–1623 Venice), Oil on wood

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