Thursday, June 8, 2017

Joshua addresses the Israelites in Shechem (Ca 1517)


Joshua addresses the Israelites in Shechem (Ca 1517)
Raphael 1483 – 1520
drawing with pen and brush (12 × 36 cm) — Ca 1517
Joshua 24:2 - And Joshua said unto all the people, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Your fathers dwelt on the other side of the flood in old time, even Terah, the father of Abraham, and the father of Nachor: and they served other gods.
Joshua speaks to the chiefs of the Israelite tribes in the ancient city of Shechem. The Israelites had conquered Canaan; the land had been divided among the tribes. Joshua made them promise obedience to the Lord. Not long after this speech, he would die, 110 years old.

This drawing on paper was a sketch for one of the fresco's Raphael made in the Vatican palace, in the loggia that was named after the artist. The fresco's depicted episodes from the Old Testament.
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