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The Israelites afflicted by a plague of serpents; two men worshipping the brazen serpent erected by Moses. Engraving by M. Coxcie, 15--.

  • Coxcie, Michel, 1499-1592
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[between 1500 and 1599]
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5452i
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"And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for [there is] no bread, neither [is there any] water; and our soul loatheth this light bread. And the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died. Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord, and against thee; pray unto the Lord, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people. And the Lord said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live. And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived."--Old testament, Numbers 21: 5-9

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[Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], [between 1500 and 1599]

Physical description

1 print : line engraving with etching

Lettering

Mighel flamingo inventur [sic].

Creator/production credits

Signed in the plate: "Mighel flamingo inventur" (i.e. "inventor"), meaning "Michael the Fleming [was the] designer"

References note

Joris van Grieken, 'Publish or perish: Michiel Coxcie in print', in Michiel Coxcie (1499-1592) and the giants of his age, ed. by Koenraad Jonckheere, London: Harvey Miller, 2013
Louis Réau, Iconographie de l'art Chrétien, Paris 1956, tome II, Iconographie de la Bible, I Ancien testament, p. 208

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 5452i

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