The Parable of the Sower

The Parable of the Sower, ca. 1860. St. James the Less Church, London.

St. James the Less is an Anglican Gothic Revival church in London, England. Four of the columns inside the church have sculptures that depict biblical parables including this carving of The Sower. Often artist pick and choose what elements of the story to allude to—they can rarely include all and their main focus has to be on visual composition not narrative composition. Here the entire parable is alluded to in one square foot. In the center is the sower with his basket of seed, behind him is the healthy wheat on fertile ground, at his feet the birds eat the seed off the path, to the right is rocky ground and the thorns are at the bottom left. The rest is left to the viewer’s memory of the parable.

The Parable of the Sower

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