Daniels’ Friends

Last night we finished our Bible Study on the book of Daniel I closed it off with a little self-indulgence.

This painting by Simeon Solomon of ‘Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the Fiery Furnace’ encompasses several of my passions.  Stories in the Bible, Angels, Arts and Crafts, history and paintings.

This scene was portrayed in some of the earliest Christian art examples are found in the Roman Catacombs.  For the early Christians the story of these three men who stayed true to their faith despite the threat of death was an inspiration to them.  After the Medieval period this story was far less commonly portrayed in art.

Simeon Solomon (1840-1905) was a friend of Edward Burne-Jones (one of my all time favorites) and had a Jewish background which I think might be the reason why this angel appears more purposeful than angles are usually portrayed.


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