Vintage Victorian Folk Art, Noah's Ark by Hidley Sandstone Coaster
Noah's Ark (1870) by Joseph H. Hidley is a vintage fine art religious animal portrait Bible Story painting. The vessel which, according to the Book of Genesis, was built by Noah at God's command to save himself, his family and the world's animals from a worldwide deluge. The narrative features in a number of Abrahamic religions including Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
The Biblical account tells how God sends a great flood to destroy the earth because of man's wickedness and because the earth is corrupt. God tells Noah, a righteous man in his generation, to build a large ship to save his family and a representation of the world's animals. God gives detailed instructions for the Ark, and after its completion, sends the animals to Noah. God then sends the Flood which rises until all the mountains are covered and every living thing died. Then "God remembered Noah," the waters abate, and dry land reappears. Noah, his family, and the animals leave the Ark, and God enters a covenant to never again send a flood to destroy the Earth.
About the artist:
Joseph Henry Hidley (1830-1872) was an American Folk Art artist and landscape painter.