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  • Lament of Jephthah's Daughter

    Artist:
    Diaz de la Peña, Narcisse Virgile. 1807-1876
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    37,5x59,5 cm

Diaz de la Peña, Narcisse Virgile. 1807-1876

Lament of Jephthah's Daughter

France, 1846

This is a rare painting on a biblical subject in Diaz de la Pena's work. Here he turned to the Old Testament (Judges, 11: 30-39). The leader of the Israelites, Jephthah, on the eve of the battle with the Ammonites, made a pact with God that, in return for victory, he would sacrifice the first creature to meet him on his way home. That person proved to be his only daughter. Learning of her fate, she asked permission to go into the hills with her friends and spend there two months bewailing her virginity (according to the Old Testament notions, to die childless was a punishment from God). After this Jephthah carried out his vow. Diaz de la Pena showed the moment when Jephthah's daughter kneeled and reached out her hands to the rising sun, parting with her life. The warm sunlight seems to gild the tops of the hills in the distance, the crowns of the trees and the female figures in the foreground.

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Lament of Jephthah's Daughter

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oil

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37,5x59,5 cm

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Entered the Hermitage in 1922; transferred from the Kushelevskaya Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts

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ГЭ-3859

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