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The animals entering Noah`s Ark

Jan Brueghel the Younger1630 - 1670

Museo Lázaro Galdiano

Museo Lázaro Galdiano

Jan Brueghel the Younger is the author of the painting in the Lázaro Galdiano museum, having copied the animals entering Noah`s Ark (1613) of his father, Jan Brueghel de Velour. He reduces the glade on the right, but the rest is a faithful copy os his father`s originals. This landscape painting brings together a multitude of animals from land, sea and the air that override the sacred motif to the extent of making one forget its iconographic content:"And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy hause into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation. Of every clean beast thou shalt take to the thee by sevens, the male and his female; and of beast that are not clean by two, the male and his female. Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth" (Genesis, 7,1-3)

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