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The Lord Commanded Noah to Build the Ark, from the series Imagines et figurae bibliiorum, ca. 1582 - 1593, ca. 1653 - 1654

  • etching, paper
  • 184 x 252 mm
  • Inv. 2013-ABM

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On the right on a hill, God instructs Noah to build an ark. The tetragram symbolises God the Father. On the left, the ark is being built. Noah gives instructions to one of his men (Gen 6:22).


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

Jan Philipsz. Schabaelje
Amsterdam ca. 1586 - Amsterdam 1656

Title The Lord Commanded Noah to Build the Ark, from the series Imagines et figurae bibliiorum
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: Genes. Vi. 22.
printed inscription in the dipiction, at the top: Diuinae punitionis praeparatio.
printed inscription in the depiction, centre right
printed inscription in the depiction, bottom centre: Pe. V. Borcht/ 1582
printed inscription in the depiction, at the bottom right: 11
stamps (tools) on the back, bottom right: Stad Gent / Museum voor Schone Kunsten
Collection print room
Object type etching AAT
Inventory number 2013-ABM
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
300263554 animal paintings AAT
Keywords Iconclass 11C13 tetragram (in Roman or Hebrew script) ~ symbol of God the Father Iconclass
21D water (one of the four elements) 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
25I city-view, and landscape with man-made constructions Iconclass
25I12 prospect of city, town panorama, silhouette of city Iconclass
25I5 landscape with tower or castle Iconclass
46C21 ships (in general) Iconclass
46C23 boat propelled by man or animal Iconclass
71 Old Testament Iconclass
71B3 story of Noah Iconclass
71B31 before the Flood (Genesis 6-7:4) Iconclass
71B312 God sees man's corruption Iconclass
71B32 the building of the ark, and the embarkation (Genesis 7:5-9) Iconclass
71B321 Noah building the ark Iconclass
School / Style Renaissance AAT
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