Friday, June 16, 2017

Jonah Leaving the Whale (ca. 1600)

Jonah Leaving the Whale (ca. 1600)
Jan Brueghel the Elder 1568 – 1625
oil on panel (38 × 56 cm) — ca. 1600
Jonah 2:10 - And the LORD spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.
Jonah spends three days and nights in the whale's stomach. The animal had swallowed him whole after the prophet had been put overboard by the crew of the ship by which he had been trying to avoid a mission from God.

Once inside the whale, Jonah sees the error of his ways, after which God makes the whale spit out Jonah.

It is a childish work by Jan Brueghel – the whale has the head of a dog and Jonah looks suspiciously fresh. Oak panel.
>>>> Jonah

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