Peter Paul Rubens 1577 – 1640

An Angel Gives Bread and Water to Elijah

oil on panel (72 × 62 cm) — 1625-28 Museum Musée Bonnat, Bayonne

Peter Paul Rubens biography

This work is linked to 1 Kings 19:7

The life of the prophet Elijah is threatened by queen Jezebel, who has already had hundreds of Elijah's colleagues killed. She was a supporter of the false god Baal. The disheartened Elijah withdraws, to fall asleep under a tree, hoping to never wake up again. But an angel, a messenger from God, wakes him and feeds him.

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