Parable of the Talents

The series of six prints shown here are the work of Herman Janz Muller, a Dutch engraver. They are based on the religious parable found in Matthew 25 of the Bible and depict the "Parable of the Talents"

In our first print by Muller we can see the lord handing each of his servants their sums of money.


parable for the talents

Name: Parable of the Talents | Date of Print: 1580 | Type of Print: Engraving | Artist: Harmann Mueller | Nationality: Dutch | Artist Life Span: 1540-1617

The next print then details a cunning servant at a port, negotiating with another man, obviously investing the money in the hopes of increasing the lord's estate.


parable for the talents

Name: Parable of the Talents | Date of Print: 1580 | Type of Print: Engraving | Artist: Harmann Mueller | Nationality: Dutch | Artist Life Span: 1540-1617

Whereas, the third print focuses on the third servant foolishly burying his portion.

parable for the talents

Name: Parable of the Talents | Date of Print: 1580 | Type of Print: Engraving | Artist: Harmann Mueller | Nationality: Dutch | Artist Life Span: 1540-1617

In the fourth print we see the return of a much older lord, coming home after years away, expecting his entrusted servants to present him with good news.

parable for the talents

Name: Parable of the Talents | Date of Print: 1580 | Type of Print: Engraving | Artist: Harmann Mueller | Nationality: Dutch | Artist Life Span: 1540-1617

However, the fifth of the series in our collection reveals that the lowly third servant's attempts at merely hiding his entrusted gift were not appreciated.

parable for the talents

Name: Parable of the Talents | Date of Print: 1580 | Type of Print: Engraving | Artist: Harmann Mueller | Nationality: Dutch | Artist Life Span: 1540-1617

Our sixth and final print of this series illustrates a vengeful lord pointing assertively at the third servant receiving his punishment for hiding away what was entrusted to him for use and investment.

parable for the talents

Name: Parable of the Talents | Date of Print: 1580 | Type of Print: Engraving | Artist: Harmann Mueller | Nationality: Dutch | Artist Life Span: 1540-1617