Jezebel and Ahab

Lucas van Leyden, Jezebel Promising Naboth's Vineyards to King Ahab, 1517, Woodcut; first state, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Lucas Van Leyden was a young successful painter and engraver in Leiden. He was born into the art world as his father was a painter. He was influenced by Dürer and Gossaert. In addition to drawings and paintings, Van Leyden also made woodcuts and experimented with etching techniques. He died at the age of 39.
This woodcut depicts a story from 1Kgs 21. Jezebel, after she has had Naboth killed, is pointing to Ahab’s hat and staff as if to tell him to get out of bed and go claim Naboth’s Vineyard.


1Kgs 21

Naboth's Vineyard
1Later the following events took place: Naboth the Jezreelite had a vineyard in Jezreel, beside the palace of King Ahab of Samaria.2And Ahab s ... View more

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