Bertram of Minden ca. 1340 – 1414/15
The building of the ark
mixed techniques on panel (84 × 56 cm) — 1383 Kunsthalle, Hamburg
This work is linked to Genesis 6:14
A panel from the left outer wing of Bertram's Grabow altarpiece. The ugly stain is the remainder of a 16th century painting.
Fortunately we can still see how Noah receives the command to build himself an ark of gopher wood large enough to house his family and a male and female of every species. In the ark they would be able to survive the great flood.
Nobody really knows what tree a gopher is. The word is a transliteration of the word used in the Hebrew sources and occurs only in this chapter of the Bible. It is often thought to be either a cedar or a cypress.
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Title: Bertram of Minden: The building of the ark