The First Offering of Aaron, by Simeon Solomon. 5½ x 7¼ inches. Art Treasures of the Old Testament, p.85. [Click on image to enlarge it.]

This subject, which is taken from Leviticus, ix., shows the moment when Aaron is raising his hands in prayer to God before slaying the animal. The composition is presented as a classical bas-relief, with the figures placed on a shallow stage; a curtained wall blocks the background and the viewer’s eye is drawn from right to left until it is focused on the interplay of hands.

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Foley, Alex. Art Treasures of the Old Testament. London: Edwin Dalton [1921].

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