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Job, 1631

Jan Lievens
Dutch, 1607 - 1674
oil on canvas
171.5 x 148.6 cm
Gift of the National Art Collections Fund of Great Britain, 1933
National Gallery of Canada (no. 4093)

Lievens's depiction of Job follows the biblical account although he has modified his presentation in order to draw parallels with the life of Christ in the New Testament. By placing the cursing wife and the demons in the darkened background and omitting any reference to the three consoling friends, Lievens depicts a more solitary, Christ-like figure than usual. Worn and ravaged, he sits on a dung heap with a single reminder of his former affluence - an elaborate plumed hat held by his wife. \Frame: carved wood, gilded. Britain, second half 17th-early 18th century after a French model




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