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The Alliance between David and Jonathan, ca. 1580 - 1596

  • burin engraving, paper
  • 202 x 261
  • Inv. 2014-LT-1

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In the foreground, David kneels before Jonathan because Jonathan has fulfilled his promise. In the background, Jonathan shoots arrows towards the cave where David is hiding. A young servant picks up the arrows. By this action, David knows that Saul wants him dead.


Aegidius II Sadeler RKD
Antwerp 1568 - Prague 1629
engravers (printmakers)AAT

Maerten de Vos RKD Wikidata
Antwerp 1532 - Antwerp 1603

Hans Sadeler RKD
Brussels 1550 - Venice 1600

Title The Alliance between David and Jonathan
Date ca. 1580 - 1596
Period 16th century
Medium and support burin engraving AAT
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings printed inscription in the representation, bottom left: Martin de Vos figura/ Ioann S. aut et excudit
printed inscription outside the depiction, bottom left: Isacides Ionathae Faculis [...] / [...] structa pericla suo
printed inscription outside the depiction, centre below: Ter lachrimas supplex [...] / [...] fert magis Isacides
printed inscription bottom right, outside the depiction: Domine ne in furore tuo arguas [...] quoniam infirmus sum. p
Collection print room
Object type burin engraving AAT
Inventory number 2014-LT-1
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 25G3 trees Iconclass
25H119 cave, grotto Iconclass
25H2 landscapes with waters, waterscapes, seascapes (in the temperate zone) 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
31A233 kneeling figure Iconclass
31A71 male sex; man Iconclass
31D12 youth, young man, adolescent Iconclass
33B9 flight, running away; pursuing Iconclass
44B191 crown (symbol of sovereignty) Iconclass
45C15(ARROW) archer's weapons: arrow Iconclass
45C15(BOW AND ARROW) archer's weapons: bow and arrow Iconclass
45C15(BOW) archer's weapons: bow Iconclass
45C231 scabbard, sheath Iconclass
48(+431) art (+ copy, copying ~ work of art) Iconclass
48C7322 harp Iconclass
71 Old Testament Iconclass
71G story of Saul Iconclass
71H story of David Iconclass
71H17 David and Jonathan (1 Samuel 20) Iconclass
71H173 meeting of David and Jonathan in the field Iconclass
71H1731 Jonathan shoots the arrow(s), while David is hidden in a shelter; a boy runs after the arrow(s) Iconclass
71H17331 David kneeling before Jonathan Iconclass
71H7 David and Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11-12) Iconclass
School / Style Renaissance AAT
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