Jan 23, 2007

Ahijah and Jeroboam

Scenes of the Prophet Ahijah

Ahijah and Jeroboam


Jan Saenredam

(Dutch, 1565-1607)

published by

Jan Saenredam

(Dutch, 1565-1607)

after Abraham Bloemaert

(Dutch, 1564-1651)


Support: Cream(1) laid paper

Sheet: 25.5 x 19.5 cm (10 1/16 x 7 11/16 in.)

Seventy-fifth anniversary gift of Louise S. Richards 1991.261

Catalogue raisonné: Hollstein XXIII.15.12

State: I/III



These four prints were likely meant as two pairs of engravings depicting scenes of the lives of the prophets Ahijah and Elijah. Although Elijah was a common subject for artists, works featuring Ahijah were extremely rare. Other than their common source, the Book of Kings from the Bible, they have no thematic link. The action in this print shows the prophet Ahijah giving the young Jeroboam-a rebel leader set against the idol-worshipping King Solomon-ten portions of his own new mantle. This symbolic gesture predicts Jeroboam's rise to power as king of the ten tribes of Israel. Abraham Bloemaert (1566-1651) was the leading painter in Utrecht, where he enjoyed a long and prolific career. Coming to maturity at the height of Mannerism, his influential designs were widely disseminated through prints and drawings. Although he worked closely with printmakers like Jan Saenredam and Jacob Matham, he did not make prints himself, with the possible exception of one etching.

See also
PR - Engraving
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