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The Fiery Furnace, from the series Imagines et figurae bibliorum, ca. 1582 - 1593, ca. 1653 - 1654

  • etching, paper
  • 187 x 257 mm
  • Inv. 2013-AAT

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Nebuchadnezzar had the three youths Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego thrown into a burning furnace after they refused to worship a golden statue. An angel sent by God kept the youngsters unharmed. Because the fire in the furnace was exceptionally hot, the men who brought the three to the furnace were killed by the blazing flames (Dan. 5:1).


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

Jan Philipsz. Schabaelje
Amsterdam ca. 1586 - Amsterdam 1656

Title The Fiery Furnace, 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 dipiction, at the top: Praesens auxilium.
printed inscription in the depiction, top right: Daniel. 3. 1.
printed inscription in the representation, bottom left: Pe. V. Borcht
printed inscription in the depiction, bottom centre: 57
printed inscription in the depiction, at the bottom right: 58
stamps (tools) on the back, bottom right: Stad Gent / Museum voor Schone Kunsten
Collection print room
Object type etching AAT
Inventory number 2013-AAT
Acquisition credit unknown
Current whereabouts Work currently not on display
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300055874 religious symbolism AAT
300189808 figures (representations) AAT
300015571 cityscapes (representations) AAT
Keywords Iconclass 11G angels Iconclass
21C fire (one of the four elements) Iconclass
25I city-view, and landscape with man-made constructions Iconclass
25I12 prospect of city, town panorama, silhouette of city Iconclass
31A231 standing figure Iconclass
31A236 lying figure Iconclass
31A71 male sex; man Iconclass
41C2543 oven ~ kitchen Iconclass
44B113 king Iconclass
71 Old Testament Iconclass
71P the story of the prophet Daniel; his visions and prophecies Iconclass
71P13 the story of the three Hebrews in the fiery furnace (Daniel 3) Iconclass
71P131 King Nebuchadnezzar has a golden statue made and erected outside Babylon in the plain of Dura Iconclass
71P133 after the furnace has been heated seven times more, the three Hebrews are bound and thrown into the fire; their executioners are burnt by the flames Iconclass
71P134 to his astonishment King Nebuchadnezzar sees four men (one of them usually represented as an angel) in the furnace; the king commands them to come forth Iconclass
71P135 Shadrach, Mesach and Abed-nego are examined: they prove to be unharmed by the fire, whereupon King Nebuchadnezzar decrees that no one may criticize them Iconclass
School / Style Renaissance AAT
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