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Jael and Sisera

A work made of woodcut in black on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of woodcut in black on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1520/25

Artist:

Albrecht Altdorfer
German, c. 1480-1538

About this artwork

Albrecht Altdorfer depicted the biblical heroine Jael, who killed Sisera, the captain of the king of Canaan’s army, in order to deliver Israel from his troops. She welcomed Sisera to her home when he and his soldiers were fleeing from battle and offered him food and drink. When he fell asleep, she drove a tent spike through his skull so deeply that it pierced the ground below. Jael was heralded and blessed for enabling Israel’s victory.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Albrecht Altdorfer

Title

Jael and Sisera

Origin

Germany

Date

1518–1528

Medium

Woodcut in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

72 × 48 mm (image/block); 123 × 95 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Potter Palmer

Reference Number

1926.69

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