Friday, June 16, 2017

Elijah and the Widow of Zarephath (c. 1630)

Elijah and the Widow of Zarephath (c. 1630)
Bartholomeus Breenbergh 1598 – 1657
oil on panel (28 × 49 cm) — c. 1630
Kings 17:10 - So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering of sticks: and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.
The prophet Elijah is sent to the city of Zarephath. God told him he would meet a widow who would care for him. Outside the city walls Elijah indeed finds the woman, who is gathering sticks. She gives him water and offers him shelter in her house. When her son falls ill and dies, Elijah brings him back to life by calling on God.

This small panel is a typical Breenbergh painting: a wide landscape with Roman ruins.
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