Thursday, June 15, 2017

Balaam and the Ass (1622)

Balaam and the Ass (1622)
Pieter Lastman ca. 1583 – 1633
oil on canvas (40 × 60 cm) — 1622
Numbers 22:27 - And when the ass saw the angel of the LORD, she fell down under Balaam: and Balaam's anger was kindled, and he smote the ass with a staff.
A not so very spectacular work by Lastman. He was one of the first to depict this subject. The posture of the animal can also be found in Rembrandt's version of this scene. Rembrandt was a student of Lastman's.

The prophet Balaam was ordered to curse Israel. On his way, Balaam's ass sees the road blocked by an angel and refuses to walk any further. Balaam hits the ass, who responds by speaking to him. Balaam then refuses to curse Israel, as he now sees the God of Israel as super
>>>> Balaam

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