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Creation of Heaven and Earth, from "Figures de la Bible" by Pieter de Hondt

1728
18th Century
13 1/2 x 8 1/4 in. (34.3 x 21 cm)

Gerard Hoet, Dutch, (1648–1733)

Object Type: PRINTS
Creation Place: Europe
Medium and Support: Engraving with Hand Coloring
Credit Line: Purchased with funds provided by William and Klare Scarborough
Accession Number: 14-G-3616
Genesis 1:1, "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."

Label from “Between Heaven and Hades: Journeys in Renaissance and Baroque Prints”, La Salle University Art Museum, September 13 - December 15, 2017:

Thanks to Copernicus and others, the planet earth was eventually dislodged from its position in the universe’s center. In the top half of this illustration, the planets now encircle the sun, and satellite moons orbit some individual planets. Below, a fiery molten core activates the formation of the earth’s crust. This image illustrates the biblical story of the creation of the universe through the perspective of 18th-century scientific knowledge.
Current Location: Storage : Works on Paper : 14x18 : 2.3.42

Exhibitions


- Between Heaven and Hades: Journeys in Renaissance and Baroque Prints, Curated by Dr. Klare Scarborough and Dr. Susan Dixon, La Salle University Art Museum, September 13 - December 15, 2017.

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