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The subject matter of the painting is from the Old Testament: it depicts the part of the tale of the deluge in which the righteous Noah and his family gather two specimens of each animal and bird species to begin a journey to the ark that Jehovah saves from destruction. The story of the deluge has a long tradition in the history of art. However, this depiction, which focuses on a detailed representation of animal and bird species instead of conveying the message of the severe punishment of sinful humankind, is characteristic of the late 16th century – early 17th century Antwerp art tradition. Several animals have been painted on the basis of descriptions or graphic examples, not from life (for instance, the rhinoceros also has horns on its back, and the lion has long hair). Among the rest of the animals, we find a unicorn, a mythical creature that symbolises the resurrected Jesus in Christian iconography.

Lambert de Hondt I
Journey to Noah's Ark

 
Artist: Lambert de Hondt I (1620? - 1665)
Title: Journey to Noah's Ark
Date: Ca 1650
Technique:
Material:
oil
canvas
Height (cm): 94.0
Width (cm): 122.0
Description: The subject matter of the painting is from the Old Testament: it depicts the part of the tale of the deluge in which the righteous Noah and his family gather two specimens of each animal and bird species to begin a journey to the ark that Jehovah saves from destruction.
The story of the deluge has a long tradition in the history of art. However, this depiction, which focuses on a detailed representation of animal and bird species instead of conveying the message of the severe punishment of sinful humankind, is characteristic of the late 16th century – early 17th century Antwerp art tradition.
Several animals have been painted on the basis of descriptions or graphic examples, not from life (for instance, the rhinoceros also has horns on its back, and the lion has long hair). Among the rest of the animals, we find a unicorn, a mythical creature that symbolises the resurrected Jesus in Christian iconography.
Related categories: Foreign Art
Copyright notice: Art Museum of Estonia
AME collection: Foreign paintings collection
Collection number: VM 615
Accretion number: EKM j 5422
Muis reference http://muis.ee/museaalView/99338
File info: Source type: digital photography
File type: TIF
Compression: Uncompressed
File size: 27.78MB
Resolution: 3567*2721px @ 300dpi
 
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