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Tue, Oct 27th - 3:49PM

French Christian Paintings

Adoration of the Golden Calf by Poussin

Adoration of the Golden Calf by Nicolas Poussin

Nicolas Poussin (1594?-1665) painted Adoration of the Golden Calf for the Marchese di Voghera, who lived in Turin, in the second half of the 1630s. It was purchased by the National Gallery, London in 1945.

In Exodus 32, Moses returns from Mount Sinai where he has received the tablets of the Ten Commandments from God, to discover Aaron and the Israelites worshipping the idol of the Golden Calf. In his fury, Moses breaks the tablets and with a body of God-fearing men slaughters the idolaters.

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Thu, Oct 22nd - 10:58AM

St Joseph by Georges de La Tour

St Joseph by Georges de La Tour

Georges de La Tour (1593-1652) painted St Joseph in 1642. It is in the Musée du Louvre, Paris.

Joseph was a widower, already with six children from an earlier marriage, when he was chosen by priests to become engaged to Mary. Joseph remained vigorous to an advanced age teaching Jesus the profession of carpentry.

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Thu, Oct 15th - 10:42AM

The Return of the Ark by Sebastien Bourdon

Return of the Ark by Bourdon

The Return of the Ark was painted in 1659 by Sebastien Bourdon (1616-1671) who was born in Montpellier in the south of France. In 1823, Sir George Beaumont gave it to the National Gallery, London.

Samuel 6 describes how the plague-stricken Philistines return the Ark of the Covenant to the Beth-shemites. Drawn by two oxen, the Ark is miraculously stopped by the great stone of Abel and is hailed by a group of Beth-shemites.

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Sat, Oct 10th - 7:46AM

David at the Cave of Adullum by Le Lorrain
David at the Cave of Adullum by Le Lorrain

Shown is detail from Landscape with David at the Cave of Adullum by Claude Gellée (1600-1682, called Le Lorrain). It was acquired by the National Gallery, London as part of the 1831 Holwell Carr Bequest.

Samuel II chapter 23 tells how tree men break through the ranks of the Philistines to bring David water from the cistern at the gate of Bethlehem. When they return to him on the mountain above the cave of Adullam, he refuses to drink. 'And he said, Be it far from me, O Lord, that I should do this: is not this the blood of the men that went in jeopardy of their lives? therefore he would not drink it.'

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Tue, Oct 6th - 4:34PM

Countryside with Hagar and the angel by Claude Lorrain

Countryside with Hagar and the angel by Claude Lorrain

Countryside with Hagar and the angel was painted by Claude Lorrain (1600-1682) in 1654. It is in the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand. Claude was born in the Duchy of Lorraine, an independent state until 1766, which is now in northeast France.

Claude was a landscape painter who would place figures in one corner of the canvas. He placed Hagar and the angel from Genesis in this painting.

Hagar had wandered the desert with young son Ismail when water ran out. An angel appeared that showed Hagar a fountain. The angel renewed God's promise that he would remain by Ismail and an entire nation would derive from his offspring.

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