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Ark of Noah May 2, 2014

Posted by anagasto in art, drawing, painting.
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The carriage is meant for the smallest creatures to travel safely: think of spiders, ants, bees. Notice, too, the little flags marking the queue.

Because men are evil, God is grieved by his creation and resolves to send a great flood, but warns Noah and tells him to build the ark.

When the animals are safe on board God sends the Flood, which rises until all the mountains are covered and all life is destroyed. At the height of the flood the Ark rests on the mountains, the waters abate, and dry land reappears.

Noah, his family, and the animals leave the Ark, and God vows to never again to send a flood to destroy the Earth.
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ark stranded.

From a Spanish picture e-book about the Coran in public domain at http://www.islamicbulletin.org/

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The account has been subject to extensive elaborations in Judaism, Christianity and Islam, ranging from hypothetical solutions to practical problems.

It was considered historical for rather more than 2000 years, but by the 19th century both scientific and biblical research turned away from any literal interpretation.

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The Los Angeles’ Skirball Cultural Center

Visitors can place wood into the ark form, and a conveyor belt lets kids load animals onto the ark:

http://www.djc.com/news/ae/12000092.html

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And here is Marcel Proust about the Ark:

“When I was little, no story of the Holy Bible seemed to me as sad as Noah’s, because of the flood which kept him shut up in the ark for forty days. Later I was often ill, and for lots of days I also had to remain “inthe ark”. I understood then that Noah could never have seen the world so clearly as from his ark, though it was closed and it was night on Earth. ”

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From Erich Lessing’s photo gallery:

The animals are coming out of the ark; Noah at the bottom left is drunk. The picture is  to be seen full-size at http://www.lessing-photo.com/p3/030802/03080232.jpg

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http://libraries.slu.edu/a/digital_collections/mssexhibit07/manuscripts/egerton.html
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Illuminated manuscripts are a thing to see now as they have never before been seen, and accessible to just about everybody, when all along their history they existed only for the Happy Few who owned them. And shouldn’t modern painters who keep running out of ideas take a hint from them?

Below, in public domain according to http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/76/WetmoreMS01.jpg and probably off-topic, for I don’t think it is about the ark, but meant to show the fun the writer-poet-painter was having:

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