The Death of Athaliah

Gustave Doré, The Death of Athaliah, from The Holy Bible containing the Old and New Testaments, according to the authorized version. With illustrations by Gustave Doré  1866. 

Athaliah was a northern Israelite princess who married King Jehoram of Judah in the ninth century BCE. After her son's death she became Queen of Judah. The Bible presents her as a foreigner who illegitimately seized the throne by murdering the Davidic royal family, and she was later assassinated in a coup organized by a priest. 

Gustave Doré was a French illustrator and engraver known primarily for the popular prints taken from his 1866 La Grande Bible de Tours. Dore's illustrations reflect the nineteenth century's strong ideas about how men and women should behave, and biblical women who stepped out of those assigned roles were most likely to be illustrated as they were violently removed from power.

Associated with a deity; exhibiting religious importance; set apart from ordinary (i.e. "profane") things.

Relating to or associated with people living in the territory of the northern kingdom of Israel during the divided monarchy, or more broadly describing the biblical descendants of Jacob.

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