Jacob More

The Deluge

1787

In Tate Britain

Artist
Jacob More c.1740–1793
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 1504 x 2046 x 37 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased with assistance from Tate Patrons and Tate Members 2008
Reference
T12758

Display caption

More’s paintings were admired for their celebration of the beauty and power of nature. Here he creates a mysterious image on the popular artistic theme of the deluge. A story of a deluge, a huge flood sent as punishment by god to destroy a civilisation, is common to many faiths and cultures. This work illustrates a story from the Bible. God sends a flood to kill all life, but instructs Noah to build a large ship, the Ark. This allows Noah to save his family and examples of all the world’s animals.

Gallery label, September 2019

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