Border with Jonah Cast into the Sea

Object Details

Title:

Border with Jonah Cast into the Sea

Artist/Maker(s):

Simon Bening (Flemish, about 1483 - 1561)

Culture:

Flemish

Place(s):

Bruges, Belgium (Place created)

Date:

about 1525 - 1530

Medium:

Tempera colors, gold paint, and gold leaf on parchment

Dimensions:

Leaf: 16.8 x 11.4 cm (6 5/8 x 4 1/2 in.)

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Rough winds play havoc with two ships under a threatening dark sky as Jonah is pushed overboard into the gaping maw of a large fish. The sailors cast him out because they blamed him for the stormy seas. Jonah remained in the belly of the fish for three days, praying to God. On the third day, God spoke to the fish, which vomited out the poor man. Because three days separated the death and resurrection of Christ, Christians saw this story as a typological parallel to the Entombment of Christ, discussed in the text on this page and depicted in the facing miniature.

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