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Daniel in the Lion's Den, Daniel Destroys the Temple of Bel and Daniel and the Dragon, from the series Imagines et figurae bibliorum, ca. 1582 - 1593, ca. 1653 - 1654

  • etching, paper
  • 189 x 247 mm
  • Inv. 2013-ABP

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The print depicts three moments in the life of the biblical figure Daniel. Bottom left, Daniel is trapped in the lion's den with seven lions. An angel brings the prophet Habakuk to the lion's den with food for Daniel. On the right, Daniel fights the dragon with arrow-like tongue, into whose opened maw he throws pitch cakes. Behind it, the temple and the idol of Bel are destroyed.


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

Jan Philipsz. Schabaelje
Amsterdam ca. 1586 - Amsterdam 1656

Title Daniel in the Lion's Den, Daniel Destroys the Temple of Bel and Daniel and the Dragon, 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 right: Daniel. 14. 30.
printed inscription in the dipiction, at the top: Ab integrate securitas.
printed inscription in the representation, bottom left: Pe. V. Borcht
printed inscription in the depiction, at the bottom right: 60
stamps (tools) on the back, bottom right: Stad Gent / Museum voor Schone Kunsten
Collection print room
Object type etching AAT
Inventory number 2013-ABP
Acquisition credit unknown
Current whereabouts Work currently not on display
Permalink https://mskgent.be/collection/work/data/2013-ABP
IIIF Manifest https://imagehub.mskgent.be/iiif/3/6467/manifest.json
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300055874 religious symbolism AAT
300189808 figures (representations) AAT
300015636 landscapes AAT
300124520 interior views AAT
Keywords Iconclass 11G angels Iconclass
11N41 Idolatry; 'Idololatria', 'Religione finta' (Ripa) Iconclass
11N42 Heresy; 'Heresia' (Ripa) Iconclass
12A43 the Temple (in general) ~ Jewish religion Iconclass
22C light Iconclass
22C2 artificial light Iconclass
25F23(LION) beasts of prey, predatory animals: lion Iconclass
25F23(LIONESS) beasts of prey, predatory animals (LIONESS) Iconclass
25FF411 dragon Iconclass
25G3 trees Iconclass
25H11 mountains Iconclass
25H112 rocks Iconclass
25H1124 boulder, stone Iconclass
25H119 cave, grotto Iconclass
25I city-view, and landscape with man-made constructions Iconclass
25I12 prospect of city, town panorama, silhouette of city Iconclass
31A233 kneeling figure Iconclass
31A235 sitting figure Iconclass
31A25331 pointing to the forehead with the index finger Iconclass
31A71 male sex; man Iconclass
33B14 threatening behaviour, challenging Iconclass
41A343 ladder Iconclass
41A7751 container made of plant material other than wood: basket Iconclass
41C111 giving food Iconclass
53C22 Menace, Intimidation; 'Minaccie' (Ripa) Iconclass
58AA1 Destruction Iconclass
71 Old Testament Iconclass
71P3 Daniel and King Darius (Daniel 6) Iconclass
71P34 Daniel's punishment and liberation: Daniel in the lion's den ~ King Darius Iconclass
71P42 the story of the image of Bel (Daniel 14:1-22) Iconclass
71P427 Daniel destroys the temple of Bel and its image Iconclass
71P43 the story of the dragon (Daniel 14:23-41) Iconclass
71P432 the dragon bursts after being fed by Daniel Iconclass
71P4332 Daniel is thrown into a lion's den ~ King Cyrus Iconclass
71P4333 the prophet Habakkuk, carried by his hair by an angel, brings food to Daniel who sits unharmed between the lions Iconclass
98B(DARIUS) (story of) Darius, king of Persia Iconclass
School / Style Renaissance AAT
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