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Virtue Triumphs (When the Devil Sleeps)

1991
22 x 40 in. (55.9 x 101.6 cm)

Judith Schaechter
American

Object Type: Glass
Medium and Support: Stained-glass panel
Credit Line: Collection of Beverly and Sam Kostrinsky
Accession Number: EX2020.DG1.19
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Location: Currently away on loan

Humanity’s indulgences are on display in a derelict room with torn wallpaper, bare mattresses, and a tangle of bodies. Schaechter has long been interested in questioning the traditional limitations of the biblical concepts of virtue and vice. Reflecting her more subjective interpretation, Schaechter’s title and image create a more ambiguous picture of what constitutes virtue as raucous revelers engage in sexual encounters, and evidence points to the excesses in smoking, drinking, and eating.

Drawing from art historical sources, this panel is based on Bronzino’s An Allegory with Venus and Cupid—an Italian mannerist painting Schaechter has always disliked—and the format of traditional three-part (triptych) medieval, Christian, and Renaissance altarpieces.

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