BRAND, Johann Christian
(b. 1722, Wien, d. 1795, Wien)

Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard

Oil on canvas, 51 x 74 cm
Akademie der bildenden Künste, Vienna

The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard is a well known parable of Jesus. According to Matthew 20:1-16, Jesus says that any "labourer" who accepts the invitation to the work in the vineyard (said by Jesus to represent the Kingdom of Heaven), no matter how late in the day, will receive an equal reward with those who have been faithful the longest.

The present painting was submitted for the Vienna Academy in 1769 as a reception piece by Johann Christian Brand, with whom the modern Austrian landscape painting started in the second half of the eighteenth century. However, this reception piece is still much connected with French and Dutch landscape painting where nature was only the backdrop for a story in pictures.