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The Prophets Elisha, Jonah and Obadiah, from the series Toneel ofte vertooch der Bybelsche historien, 1659

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

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The prophets Elisha, Jonah and Obadiah stand side by side in a landscape. Elisha has a two-headed bird on his shoulder and stands next to Naaman, who, on Elisha's advice, is bathing in the Jordan River. Jonah stands next to the fish, Obadiah has three loaves of bread and a jug in his hands.


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

Jan I Snellinck RKD
Mechelen ca. 1544 - 1549 - Antwerp 1638

Nicolaes I Visscher
Amsterdam 1618 - Amsterdam 1679

Nicolaes II Visscher RKD
Amsterdam 1618 - Amsterdam 1709

Title The Prophets Elisha, Jonah and Obadiah, 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, centre below: C J Visscher Excu.
printed inscription outside the depiction, below: Eliseus. Ionas. Abdias.
printed inscription bottom right, outside the depiction: 167.
inscription reverse, centre: 9
Collection print room
Object type burin engraving AAT
Inventory number 2014-HX
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 11I11 the four major prophets (not in biblical context): Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel Iconclass
11I62(OBADIAH) the prophet Obadiah (not in biblical context); possible attributes: book or scroll, bread and jar, prophets at his feet (because of the erroneous identification with his namesake, Ahab's governor, who hid and fed a hundred prophets) Iconclass
21D water (one of the four elements) Iconclass
25F9 mis-shapen animals; monsters Iconclass
25H2 landscapes with waters, waterscapes, seascapes (in the temperate zone) Iconclass
25H213 river Iconclass
31A4622 leprosy Iconclass
31AA4622 leprosy - AA - epidemic diseases Iconclass
48(+431) art (+ copy, copying ~ work of art) Iconclass
71 Old Testament Iconclass
71N story of Elisha (Eliseus) Iconclass
71N16 Naaman's leprosy (2 Kings 5) Iconclass
71N162 Naaman comes to the Jordan, dips himself seven times and is cured Iconclass
71S3 the book of Obadiah Iconclass
71V the book of Jonah Iconclass
School / Style Baroque AAT
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