W21 Levinson - ENGLISH 258 / JUDAIC 258 / RELIGION 258 - The Bible as Literature

Lucas Van Leyden
Adam and Eve Bemoaning the Death of Abel; No. 6 from the Series of 6 Prints 'The
engraving on laid paper
6 ½ in x 4 ⅝ in (16.51 cm x 11.75 cm);19 ⅜ in x 14 ⅜ in (49.21 cm x 36.51 cm)
Museum Purchase
Ciro Ferri
The Meeting of Jacob and Esau
pen, brown ink and gray brown wash, laid down
9 15/16 in. x 9 5/16 in. ( 25.2 cm x 23.7 cm )
Purchased from the Estate of Edward Sonnenschein
Jacob's Dream
black chalk
9 5/16 in. x 6 11/16 in. ( 23.7 cm x 17 cm )
Purchased from the Estate of Edward Sonnenschein
This is a brown ink and wash drawing on a light background that depicts an expansive landscape with three figures in a row in the center area. The foreground shows a rocky, mountainous area with the figures standing on a ledge and square-shaped buildings, or walls, on a rise to the right. One figure is an old man with long white hair and a beard, who is wearing a draped robe and holding a staff. A woman is walking behind him on the path and balancing a vessel on her head. Another woman, behind her, has her arms at her side and looks downward. In the middle and far section of the drawing there is a walled city being destroyed with violent flooding of the city gates and eathquake-like destruction of the buildings. Far down the path a lone woman raises her hands in a gesture of distress. There are turbulent cloud formations in the sky.
John Martin
The Destruction of Sodom
sepia wash over graphite on cream wove paper, mounted on paper
3 3/8 in. x 5 3/8 in. ( 8.57 cm x 13.65 cm )
Gift of the Estate of Marion Lehr Simpson
Francesco Monti
Cain Slaying Abel
black chalk, heightened with white on light brown toned paper
19 5/8 in. x 14 1/8 in. ( 49.8 cm x 35.9 cm )
Gift through the Estate of Edward Sonnenschein
Godfried Maes; Jacob de Wit; Jan Wandelaar
The Formation of Man
engraving on dark cream laid paper
17 7/8 in. x 12 3/16 in. ( 45.4 cm x 31 cm )
Étienne Delaune
Biblical Scene
engraving on paper
2 9/16 in x 3 ⅞ in (6.51 cm x 9.84 cm);4 7/16 in x 4 4/5 in (11.27 cm x 12.22 cm);14 ¼ in x 19 ¼ in (36.2 cm x 48.89 cm)
Museum Purchase
This engraving is a vertical format. Dominating the foreground are three figures on a slight hill with a large tree. In front of the tree is the corpse of Abel (a strong young man with flowing cloth around his waist) with his head in the shadows. Kneeling over him are Adam and Eve. Adam, a muscular older man with a white beard, clutches his hands together and leans toward his dead son. Eve, covered only from the waist down, throws her arms out in the air above her son and moves towards him on her knees. The tree behind them has a sturdy trunk that splits into three heavy branches and these limbs echo the placement of Eve's back and right arm. On the right is a road leading to a background scene.In the far background Cain and Abel are shown making offerings to God on altars, with Abel’s offering rising higher than Cain’s. In the middle ground along the road, Cain is shown raising a weapon to kill Abel. At the bottom of the work are four lines of text and a signature.<br />
Jan Saenredam; Abraham Bloemaert
Adam and Eve Lamenting over the Corpse of Abel, plate 6 from History of the First Parents of Man, set of six prints
engraving on thin, slightly textured dark cream laid paper
10 7/8 in. x 7 13/16 in. ( 27.7 cm x 19.8 cm )
Museum purchase made possible by the Jean Paul Slusser Memorial Fund
Ernst Barlach
Der Erste Tag, from the series 'The Transformations of God'
woodcut on paper
12 ⅜ in x 17 7/16 in (31.43 cm x 44.29 cm);18 ⅛ in x 23 3/16 in (46.04 cm x 58.9 cm)
(c) Ernst and Hans Barlach GbR Lizenzverwaltung, Ratzeburg
Odilon Redon
Cain and Abel
etching and drypoint on paper
7 5/16 in. x 4 3/4 in. ( 18.6 cm x 12.1 cm )
Museum Purchase
Marc Chagall
The Bible: Abraham Approaching Sodom with Three Angels
etching on paper
12 1/16 in x 9 3/10 in (30.64 cm x 23.65 cm)
Museum Purchase
Charles Fran
Joseph and Potiphar's Wife
pen, brown ink and brown wash on buff paper
12 1/2 in. x 9 5/8 in. ( 31.7 cm x 24.4 cm )
Museum Purchase


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