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Jonah Under the Miracle Tree, from the series Toneel ofte vertooch der Bybelsche historien, 1659

  • burin engraving, paper
  • 68 x 100 mm
  • Inv. 2014-HF

Public Domain

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Jonah sits on a rock above the city of Nineveh and waits for God to destroy the city. God has grown a miracle tree for him so that he can sit in the shade. But the next day, the tree is withered, its leaves hanging limply, and Jonah is overcome by the heat. Jonah is angry about the plant and about God not destroying the city. He talks about it with God, who appears on the clouds.


Pieter Hendriksz. Schut RKD
Amsterdam ca. 1660 - 1680
engravers (printmakers)AAT

Nicolaes I Visscher
Amsterdam 1618 - Amsterdam 1679

Nicolaes II Visscher RKD
Amsterdam 1618 - Amsterdam 1709

Title Jonah Under the Miracle Tree, from the series Toneel ofte vertooch der Bybelsche historien
Date 1659
Period 17th century
Location Amsterdam TGN
Medium and support burin engraving AAT
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings printed inscription outside the depiction, top right
printed inscription outside the depiction, below: Iona sit tegen 't oosten van Ninive onder den Wonderboom, die hem eerst verblijt en bedroeft.
printed inscription outside the depiction, centre below: Iona 4.5.
inscription bottom right, outside the depiction: 164
inscription on the reverse, right in the middle: 6
Collection print room
Object type burin engraving AAT
Inventory number 2014-HF
Acquisition credit unknown
Current whereabouts Work currently not on display
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300055874 religious symbolism AAT
300189808 figures (representations) AAT
25H landscapes Iconclass
Keywords Iconclass 11C God the Father Iconclass
21D water (one of the four elements) Iconclass
22E1 heat Iconclass
22E12 burning Iconclass
24A sun as celestial body Iconclass
25H2 landscapes with waters, waterscapes, seascapes (in the temperate zone) Iconclass
25H23 sea (seascape) Iconclass
25I city-view, and landscape with man-made constructions Iconclass
25I12 prospect of city, town panorama, silhouette of city Iconclass
31A235 sitting figure Iconclass
31A71 male sex; man Iconclass
45L43 devastated, ruined place or city (~ warfare) Iconclass
46C21 ships (in general) Iconclass
46C23 boat propelled by man or animal Iconclass
46C24 sailing-ship, sailing-boat Iconclass
71 Old Testament Iconclass
71V the book of Jonah Iconclass
71V4 Jonah sulking (Jonah 4) Iconclass
71V41 the angry Jonah argues with God and asks for his own death Iconclass
71V42 the prophet Jonah withdraws from Nineveh; he builds a booth and while enjoying the shade of a plant (gourd or vine) which God made grow for him, he awaits the destiny of the city Iconclass
71V43 the gourd (or vine) is eaten by a worm and Jonah is exposed to the burning rays of the sun Iconclass
71V44 when Jonah again murmurs and wishes to die, God rebukes him Iconclass
School / Style Baroque AAT
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