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The Prophet Ahijah Dividing His Cloak

Jan Pietersz Saenredam (AKA Jan Pietersz Sanredam; Jan Pietersz Zaenredam), Dutch, (1565–April 6, 1607)
Abraham Bloemaert, Dutch, (1564–1651)

Creation date: ca. 1604
Creation place: Netherlands

Other Information

Type: Engraving
Medium and Support: Engraving
Credit Line: Gift of Norman Leitman and Todd Butler
Accession Number: 2004.171
Dimensions: 10 1/2 in. x 7 5/8 in. (26.67 cm x 19.37 cm)

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Given the general tendency for Mannerist artists to undertake novel subject matter, it is perhaps not entirely surprising to find that Bloemaert and Saenredam took up the Old Testament narrative of the prophet Ahijah, an extremely rare—possibly even unprecedented—subject in Renaissance art. Their decision to explore the subject may have something to do with the development of new illustrated editions of the Bible. It could also be the beginning of a trend, better known in the work of Rembrandt and his generation, to depict stories from the Old Testament rather than subjects from the lives of the saints that were no longer acceptable to a Protestant clientele.
Last Updated: 3/28/2011


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Mannered Bodies San Diego Museum of Art , 4/3/2010 - 7/25/2010

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