Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Three Hebrews in the Fiery Furnace (c. 1552)


The Three Hebrews in the Fiery Furnace (c. 1552)
Pieter Aertsen 1507/08 – 1575
oil on panel (113 × 84 cm) — c. 1552
Daniel 3:6 - And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.
During the Babylonian exile, the Jews are required to worship statues of their monarch, Nebuchadnezzar. Three men refuse. As a result they are thrown into a burning furnace, which they somehow manage to survive.

The episode is described in Daniel 3:6 and in the apocryphal Additions to Daniel: Prayer of Azaria and Song of the Three Holy Children in the Furnace.

Pieter Aertsen made this work when the Netherlands, like other parts of Europe, were in deep religious turmoil and emotions were running high against the worshipping and adoration of images and statues.

During the subsequent 1566 iconoclasm, vast numbers of paintings in churches were destroyed.
>>>> Daniel


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