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Domenico Fetti (Rome c. 1588-Venice 1623)

The Sacrifice of Elijah Before the Priests of Baal c.1621-22

RCIN 405466

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This work, possibly a preparatory sketch for a larger painting, was probably made about the time of Fetti’s move to Venice. It was quickly executed, giving the subject a dynamic quality. Elijah, kneeling on the right, looks up at the divine fire that descends upon his sacrificial offering. The worshippers of Baal recoil in horror.