Jeremiah in the Pit

Marc Chagall, Jeremiah in the Pit, 1958. Lithograph. Musée national Marc Chagall, Nice.

As directed, Jeremiah reluctantly prophesized the destruction of Jerusalem. Many officials accused him of discouraging the defenders left in this city and directed that he should be silenced by abandoning him in a cistern to die. Chagall shows Jeremiah bound and on his knees in the mud at the bottom of the cistern but remaining in a shaft of light with an angel watching over him.

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