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Gaspard Dughet, Landscape with Elijah and the Angel

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Full title Landscape with Elijah and the Angel
Artist Gaspard Dughet
Artist dates 1615 - 1675
Date made about 1663
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 201.8 × 154 cm
Acquisition credit Bought, 1884
Inventory number NG1159
Location Room 15 Stairs
Collection Main Collection
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Landscape with Elijah and the Angel
Gaspard Dughet

The Bible describes how a winged angel appeared to Elijah while he was in the wilderness. He had been banished from Israel for defending God against the worship of the pagan deity Baal.

Here, the angel points towards Mount Horeb with one hand and towards Elijah with the other, encouraging him to venture to the mountain in the distance. Elijah gestures towards God, sitting in the clouds above them, who directs a lightning bolt towards the mountain and causes a great storm. The town nestled in the distant hills is probably Beersheba, where Elijah stopped before his journey to the mountain.

The dark and imposing clouds give way to a brighter sky in the distance. Dughet has shown the storm’s power through the branches and foliage bending in the tempest, while just behind the figures a large branch has fallen into the path.

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