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Ahijah and Jeroboam

Ahijah and Jeroboam

(Dutch, 1565–1607)
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(Dutch, 1565–1607)
(Dutch, 1564–1651)
Sheet: 25.5 x 19.5 cm (10 1/16 x 7 11/16 in.)
Catalogue raisonné: Hollstein XXIII.15.12
Location: not on view


These four prints were likely meant as two pairs of engravings depicting scenes of the lives of the prophets Ahijah and Elijah. Although Elijah was a common subject for artists, works featuring Ahijah were extremely rare. Other than their common source, the Book of Kings from the Bible, they have no thematic link. The action in this print shows the prophet Ahijah giving the young Jeroboam-a rebel leader set against the idol-worshipping King Solomon-ten portions of his own new mantle. This symbolic gesture predicts Jeroboam's rise to power as king of the ten tribes of Israel. Abraham Bloemaert (1566-1651) was the leading painter in Utrecht, where he enjoyed a long and prolific career. Coming to maturity at the height of Mannerism, his influential designs were widely disseminated through prints and drawings. Although he worked closely with printmakers like Jan Saenredam and Jacob Matham, he did not make prints himself, with the possible exception of one etching.
  • Louise S. Richards, Cleveland, OH
  • Signs of Affection: Gifts Honoring the Museum's 75th Anniversary. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (October 27, 1992-January 3, 1993).
    Mannerism: Italian, French, and Netherlandish Prints, 1520-1620. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (August 3-October 26, 1997).
    Cleveland, Ohio: The Cleveland Museum of Art; 8/3/97 - 10/26/97. "Mannerism: Italian, French, and Netherlandish Prints, 1520-1620."
  • {{cite web|title=Ahijah and Jeroboam|url=false|author=Jan Saenredam, Jan Saenredam, Abraham Bloemaert|year=1604|access-date=03 March 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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