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Teniers, David, I
Elijah Being Fed by the Ravens
around 1640

In this panel Teniers has depicted the Old Testament prophet Elijah during his time in the wilderness, as related in the First Book of Kings (17:1–6). After delivering his prophecy of a seven-year drought to the faithless King Ahab, Elijah is instructed by God to flee to the desert, where he will be able to drink from a stream and ravens will bring him food. In the lower right corner of Teniers’s painting, Elijah kneels at the water’s edge, turning and reaching out a hand to the two ravens flying down with round loaves of bread in their beaks. Behind, a rich forest landscape unfolds, with jagged mountains in the distance. A slender tree with a lush cap frames the composition on the left side. A narrow strip of riverbank runs across the bottom of the scene, and across the water wooded banks appear to the left and right, carrying the eye through space to the distant point where a mountain peak is topped by a castle.

 
Teniers, David, I
Antwerp, Belgium 1582–Antwerp, Belgium 1649
Elijah Being Fed by the Ravens
around 1640
Oil on panel
height / width: 50.80 x 75.00 cm; 20.00 x 29.53 in.
Gift of Alfred and Isabel Bader, 1991
34-020.10

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