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Nebuchadnezzar casting Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego into the fiery furnace [Daniel 3:15]. The Babylonian king standing at centre and holding a baton, pointing behind him at a furnace, the three Jews standing at left in front of a tree and seen again being thrown into the furnace in background at right, a large idol in background at left, soldiers in foreground
Chiaroscuro woodcut with three tone blocks (light-green, green and grey)
- Production date
- 1558 (c.)
Height: 309 millimetres (trimmed)
Width: 479 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Lit.: Nancy Bialler, 'Chiaroscuro woodcuts: Hendrick Goltzius and his time', Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam and Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, 1993, cat. no. 8; S. Lepape, 'Gravure en Clair-Obscur: Cranach, Raphael, Rubens' exh. cat. Paris, Louvre, 2018, cat. no. 48.
Bialler lists six known impressions; this one is in green, another in the BM (1852,0612.12) is in reddish-brown.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2018-2019 17 Oct-14 Jan, Paris, Musee du Louvre, La Gravure en coleurs du XVIe au XVIIe siecle en Europe
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- The 255 woodcuts came from a group of 500 that was offered by Colnaghi for £500 (see Carpenter's report dated 21 March 1860). According to the register these came from the collection of William Russell. Carpenter proposed making a selection of those that the BM lacked; this was first declined by Colnaghi's, but was later accepted (see his later report dated 11 April). The final selection of 255 prints cost 300 guineas. Nos.312 to 327 were Japanese colour prints - almost the earliest to enter the BM collection.
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