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The Prophet Habakkuk and the Angel

Object Details


The Prophet Habakkuk and the Angel


Wouter Crabeth (Netherlandish, active 1559, died 1589)




Netherlands (Place Created)


about 1565


Colorless glass, vitreous paint, silver stain, and sanguine

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25.8 × 21.7 cm (10 3/16 × 8 9/16 in.)

Credit Line:

Gift of John David Hodder, in memory of his grandparents, Renato Federico Violi Gallo and Rachel Veissid-Sidelio Gallo

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Object Description

The panel depicts a rarely represented episode from one of the apocryphal chapters of the biblical Book of Daniel (14:32-35). While taking food to workers in a field, the prophet Habakkuk is interrupted by an angel who instructs him to deliver the meal instead to Daniel trapped in the lions’ den in Babylon. Here the encounter between Habakkuk and the angel is depicted in the foreground, the prophet holds a large bowl with high handles, and reapers are shown in the middle ground. The two figures are seen again at the top of the composition with the angel holding Habbakuk by the hair while carrying him to the city of Babylon, seen in the background. This panel was probably one of a series by Wouter Crabeth illustrating episodes from the Book of Daniel. Wouter and his elder brother Dirck were the most famous Netherlandish glass painters of the sixteenth century, admired especially for their windows produced for the Sint Janskerk at Gouda.

possibly by 1930 - 1986

Renato Federico Violi Gallo, 1895 - 1986 (Paris, France; and, Miami, Florida), by inheritance to his wife, Rachel Veissid-Sidelio Gallo, 1986.

1986 - 2001

Rachel Veissid-Sidelio Gallo, 1914 - 2004 (Miami, Florida), by gift to her daughter, Odile R. Hodder, 2001.

2001 - 2007

Odile R. Hodder (Los Angeles, California), by gift to her son, John David Hodder, 2007.

2007 - 2016

John David Hodder (Los Angeles, California), donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 2016.


Van den Brink, Peter. “The Prophet Habakkuk and the Angel: A Newly Discovered Glass Panel by Wouter Crabeth.” Oud Holland, Quarterly for Dutch Art History 128, no. 4 (2015), pp. 165-170, figs. 1, 2, 7.