In reviewing additional available art on biblical subjects I have already addressed, I found a drawing of Rembrandt on the subject addressed in my post, “God Protects and Blesses Hagar and Ishmael.” It particularly strikes me as unique among the paintings I have chosen.
Hagar and the Angel REMBRANDT (ca. 1655)
See http://www.artbible.info/art/large/86.html for the source of the above photograph of the pen drawing and a comment.
I admire not only the simply essential, but nuanced, style of this drawing, but also its expression of Hagar’s personal encounter with the Divine in that the angel touches her shoulder and she faces the angel in grateful submission. Also, I see the depiction of Ishmael as in the style typically rendering Jesus in the manger. I have in this blog noted Rembrandt’s study and expression of human emotional and behavioral interaction in those represented. That helps to make this drawing personal to me so that I interpret it to demonstrated God’s love for Hagar and Ishmael, who represent the indigenous people of that area in the Biblical view, now known as Arabs, and addressed by Mohammed. It reminds me that we are all family loved by God.
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