Wednesday, December 25, 2013

A Tent with Turrets: 1445/1446

A tent with turrets and crenellation is shown in Gabriel Angler's painting of Ehud killing Eglon in his tent.

Interestingly, the Old Testament says that the assassination happened not in a tent, but what the Vulgate translates as  a summer parlor, with lockable doors. But this fits the pattern of assassinations of Israelite enemies like Sisera and Holofernes, who were killed in tents, so it may have seemed natural to the artist to show it in this way.

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