Primary Source: Bull-Leaping Fresco (c. 1900 BC) (Introduction to Western Civilization 3.3)




Review Questions

1.      Are the bull leapers men or women?

2.      Some historians think the paintings of the bull leapers do not show something that people actually did because it would be impossible to jump over a bull that way. What do you think?

Biblical Art of Rembrandt

I featured a few of these in my video on the Advent of Monotheism and have not been able to stop staring at them since. Rembrandt’s paintings, I think, capture and convey the incredible grandeur, terror, and wonder evoked by the biblical stories better than almost any other artist whose work I have seen.

Sacrifice of Isaac (1635)

Moses with the Tables of the Law (1659)
Jeremiah Lamenting the Destruction of Jerusalem (1630)
Saint Peter in Prison (1631)
The Raising of Lazarus (1630-32)
Christ Driving the Money Changers from the Temple (1626)