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King David Sacrifices to God and Sees the Angel of Death, ca. 1580 - 1596

  • burin engraving, paper
  • 202 x 256 mm
  • Inv. 2014-LT-3

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The prophet Gad instructs King David. On the threshing floor of the Jebusite Arauna, King David has built an altar. He kneels before the altar and sacrifices cattle there, hoping to stop a plague ravaging the land. Behind Gad flies the angel of death that caused the plague. In the background, a plain strewn with victims of the plague.


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 King David Sacrifices to God and Sees the Angel of Death
Date ca. 1580 - 1596
Period 16th century
Medium and support burin engraving AAT
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings printed inscription in the depiction, bottom centre: Martin de Vos figura
printed inscription in the depiction, at the bottom right: Iohan Sadler excud
printed inscription outside the depiction, bottom left: Davidem moner ira Dei [...] / [...] terna piacla reo.
printed inscription outside the depiction, centre below: At Rex se Domino [...] / [...] Humanis subderet arbitrijs.
printed inscription bottom right, outside the depiction: De profundis clamavi ad te [...] / [...] quis sus tinebit. &c. psal.129
Collection print room
Object type burin engraving AAT
Inventory number 2014-LT-3
Acquisition credit unknown
Current whereabouts Work currently not on display
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300055874 religious symbolism AAT
300189808 figures (representations) AAT
Keywords Iconclass 11G angels Iconclass
31A231 standing figure Iconclass
31A4621 plague Iconclass
31A46210 personification of plague Iconclass
31A71 male sex; man Iconclass
41A18 hut, cabin, lodge Iconclass
45C13(SWORD) hacking and thrusting weapons: sword Iconclass
47I2271 stall, stable Iconclass
48(+431) art (+ copy, copying ~ work of art) Iconclass
55C221 Sacrifice Iconclass
57AA91 Cruelty, Ferocity; 'Crudelta', 'Ferocita' (Ripa) Iconclass
71 Old Testament Iconclass
71H story of David Iconclass
71H5 the consolidation of David's kingship (2 Samuel 5, 8-10, 21-24) Iconclass
71H546 God punishes Israel with three days of plague; the avenging angel with his sword drawn goes through the land; seventy thousand men are killed Iconclass
71H548 David comes to Araunah and buys his treshing-floor and oxen; Araunah kneels before David Iconclass
71H5481 David builds an altar in the threshing-floor of Araunah and burns the offerings to God Iconclass
School / Style Renaissance AAT
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