Bartholomeus Breenbergh 1598 – 1657
Landscape with Balaam and the Ass
oil on canvas (40 × 75 cm) — 1634 National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo
This work is linked to Numbers 22:27
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The heathen prophet Balaam's she-ass refuses to walk any further because an angel blocks the road. Balaam does not see the angel and strikes the ass. After a third thrashing the god of the Hebrews speaks through the ass: What have I done to you? At which Balaam repents and finally sees the angel.
Breenbergh situated the story in a vast coastal landscape. His Balaam resembles Pieter Lastman's, who depicted the story in a 1622 painting.
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