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The Messenger of God Appearing to Joshua gm-00022001

The Messenger of God Appearing to Joshua gm-00022001

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Ferdinand Bol (Dutch, 1616–1680) Ferdinand Bol captured the dramatic moment in the Old Testament when Joshua "lifted up his eyes and saw a man standing over against him with his sword drawn in his hand." (Joshua 5:13) This figure, who identifies himself as a messenger of the Lord, brings God's instructions to Joshua, telling him to order his troops to march around the walled city of Jericho and destroy its inhabitants. Bol drew the messenger reaching out his hand, his piercing gaze fixed on Joshua off the sheet.

Bol transformed the messenger from a prophet-like figure into one of supernatural dimensions. The man's heavenly aureole penetrates the surrounding shadows, rendered with tones of gray wash that intermingle with the white paper underneath. His flowing garments, drawn with loose, sketchy strokes, match his long hair and beard. The plain white texture of the paper forms the highlights on his robes, emphasizing the light that seems to isolate the figure from the darkness beyond.
Art Prints are printed on heavy matte finish German art paper using the finest Canon archival inks. Frame is black natural with a white mattboard and Acrylite glazing.

Wall Murals are printed on 42" matte finish, self-adhesive Kodak PhotoText fabric panels that combine and mount easily on a non textured wall surface. We can custom make to any size, just ask.

Stretched Canvas is stretched by hand over 1.5" thick pine bars and printed on cotton poly matte finish canvas. Each is canvas hand coated with Hahnemuhle UV/Archive coating, these are Swiss quality best in industry canvases.


All our images are digitized from the original negative , printed and assembled in Switzerland to museum standards by our master printer.

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Artwork in this collection is from The J. Paul Getty Museum. Reproduction rights are reserved by the copyright owner and used under license by Archivea GmbH. .

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