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The Adoration of the Golden Calf, from the series Imagines et figurae bibliorum, ca. 1582 - 1593, ca. 1653 - 1654

  • etching, paper
  • 185 x 246 mm
  • Inv. 2013-AAO

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Top left, Moses receives the tablets of the law on Mount Sinai. The tetragram symbolises God the Father. Meanwhile, the Israelites dance around a pedestal with the golden calf. When Moses returned and saw their idolatry, he smashed the tablets in anger (Ex. 32:1).


Pieter I van der Borcht RKD
Mechelen ca. 1530 - Antwerp ca. 1611

Jan Philipsz. Schabaelje
Amsterdam ca. 1586 - Amsterdam 1656

Title The Adoration of the Golden Calf, from the series Imagines et figurae bibliorum
Date ca. 1582 - 1593
ca. 1653 - 1654
Period 16th century
17th century
Location Amsterdam TGN
Medium and support etching AAT
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings printed inscription in the depiction, top left: [tetragram]
printed inscription in the depiction, top right: Exodus.32. i.
printed inscription in the dipiction, at the top: insolens multitudo
printed inscription in the representation, bottom left: Pe. V. Borcht
printed inscription in the depiction, bottom centre: 47
printed inscription in the depiction, at the bottom right: 48
stamps (tools) on the back, bottom right: Stad Gent / Museum voor Schone Kunsten
Collection print room
Object type etching AAT
Inventory number 2013-AAO
Acquisition credit unknown
Current whereabouts Work currently not on display
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300055874 religious symbolism AAT
300189808 figures (representations) AAT
300015636 landscapes AAT
Keywords Iconclass 11C God the Father Iconclass
11C13 tetragram (in Roman or Hebrew script) ~ symbol of God the Father Iconclass
21D water (one of the four elements) Iconclass
25D13(GOLD) minerals and metals: gold Iconclass
25H11 mountains Iconclass
25H112 rocks Iconclass
25H1124 boulder, stone Iconclass
25H2 landscapes with waters, waterscapes, seascapes (in the temperate zone) Iconclass
25H213 river Iconclass
31A71 male sex; man Iconclass
31A72 female sex; woman Iconclass
41A191 tent Iconclass
41A773 container of ceramics: jar, jug, pot, vase Iconclass
41C5 celebration meal, feast, banquet Iconclass
43C9 dancing Iconclass
47I2113 calf Iconclass
48C8421 male dancer Iconclass
48C8422 female dancer Iconclass
61D(MOUNT SINAI) geographical names of countries, regions, mountains, rivers, etc. (names of cities and villages excepted) (MOUNT SINAI) Iconclass
71 Old Testament Iconclass
71E1 the book Exodus: story of Moses and Aaron Iconclass
71E13 Exodus (part III): conclusion of the Sinaitic law and its renewal Iconclass
71E135 the adoration of the golden calf ~ Aaron (Exodus 32:1-19) Iconclass
71E1343 Moses receives the tables of the law from God Iconclass
71E1353 adoration of the golden calf (which may be standing on a pillar, and is sometimes depicted as a dragon) Iconclass
71E13532 the people dance around the golden calf ~ Exodus Iconclass
71E1354 Moses (and Joshua) come(s) down with the stone tablets Iconclass
71E13541 on seeing the idolaters Moses breaks the tables of the law Iconclass
School / Style Renaissance AAT
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