Melchisedek blesses Abram
Wood engraving by the Dalziels .
6 7/8 x 5¼ inches
>Art Pictures from the Old Testament, p.11.
A scene from Genesis, xiv: 18–20 in which the ‘priest-king’ blesses Abram. The illustration combines grandeur with tenderness, especially in the small detail of the servant-child who raises the arm of the feeble king. The antiquarian detail is united, characteristically, with an expressionistic compression of space, giving the event considerable dramatic impact.
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Scanned image and text by Simon Cooke.
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