Elijah in the Desert with the Angel

Jezebel condemns Elijah

Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, ‘So may the gods do to me, and more also, if I do not make your life like the life of one of them by this time tomorrow.’ 1 Kgs. 19:1-2

Rambures master, Biblia Pauperum, c. 1470 folio 30v | manuscript
Master of the Giessendorfer altar, Lubin, 1522. Bildindex

Elijah in the Desert / Wilderness

Then he was afraid; he got up and fled for his life, and came to Beer-sheba, which belongs to Judah; he left his servant there. But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a solitary broom tree. He asked that he might die: ‘It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life, for I am no better than my ancestors.’ 1 Kgs. 19:3-4

13th-14th c., from Vybuty near Pskov. Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow. liveinternet.ru
Paris, 1371-72. manuscript image (fol. 169v)
Dirk / Dieric Bouts, c. 1464-68. Sint-Pieterskirk, Leuven. WGA
16th century. Monastery of St. John the Theologian, Patmos. Google
St. Trond, 1570-80. manuscript image (fol. 45v)
Tintoretto, 1577-78. WGA
Abraham Bloemaert, 1610s. The Hermitage, St. Petersburg. Wiki | WGA
Ferdinand Bol, c. 1642. Leiden Collection – detailed catalog entry
Ferdinand Bol, 1660-63. WGA
Washington Allson, 1818. MFA Boston
Frederic Leighton, c. 1877-78. Melbourne
Frederic Leighton, 1877-78. Liverpool: wall text | artist bio| podcast

Elijah and the Angel

Then he lay down under the broom tree and fell asleep. Suddenly an angel touched him and said to him, ‘Get up and eat.’ He looked, and there at his head was a cake baked on hot stones, and a jar of water. He ate and drank, and lay down again. The angel of the Lord came a second time, touched him, and said, ‘Get up and eat, otherwise the journey will be too much for you.’ 1 Kgs. 19:5-7

Moretto da Brescia, c. 1521-24. Artstor
Herman van Swanevelt, 17th c. etching. National Gallery, Washington
Giovanni Lanfranco, 1624-25. Rijksmuseum
Gaspard Dughet, 1660. Google
Juan Antonio de Frías y Escalante, 1668. Prado
Sir Godfrey Kneller, 1672. Tate
Alessandro Magnasco (1687-1749). MMA
Jean-Baptiste Bénard, 18th c. MMA
George Richmond, 1824 or 1825. Tate
Ludwig Meidner, 1948. Google

Elijah on Mount Horeb

He got up, and ate and drank; then he went in the strength of that food for forty days and forty nights to Horeb the mount of God. At that place he came to a cave, and spent the night there. 1 Kgs. 19:8-9

Daniele da Volterra, 1550-60. Vanderbilt
Francis Frith, 1858. Getty
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