Lambert de Hondt I
Journey to Noah's Ark
|Artist:||Lambert de Hondt I (1620? - 1665)|
|Title:||Journey to Noah's Ark|
|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|
Source type: digital photography
File type: TIF
File size: 27.78MB
Resolution: 3567*2721px @ 300dpi