Elijah’s Sacrifice (1863) by Albert Joseph Moore

Elijah's Sacrifice - Albert Joseph Moore - 1863

Artwork Information

TitleElijah's Sacrifice
ArtistAlbert Joseph Moore
Art MovementAcademicism
Current LocationBury Art Museum, Bury, UK

About Elijah's Sacrifice

The artwork titled “Elijah’s Sacrifice” was crafted by the artist Albert Joseph Moore in 1863. It belongs to the Academicism art movement and is categorized as a religious painting. This piece is housed in the Bury Art Museum located in Bury, UK. The artwork captures a moment of profound spiritual significance, detailing the biblical narrative where the prophet Elijah demonstrates the power of the true God through a sacrificial act.

In the artwork, a group of figures is gathered around a sacrificial altar, where flames consume the offered sacrifice. Elijah stands to the left, his arm raised in a gesture that seems to summon the divine fire, as according to the biblical tale. His conviction is palpable in his dramatic pose, contrasting the desperation seen in the other figures who appear to be pleading or possibly taking part in a kind of ritual prostration before the altar. The background is predominantly composed of muted earthy tones, with distant mountain forms contributing to the solemn atmosphere, indicative of a scene that is both terrestrial and filled with spiritual portent.

The composition’s dramatic tension is heightened by the stark contrast between the dynamic action of Elijah and the bowed, reverential postures of the surrounding figures. The choice of attire and the architectural elements suggest a careful consideration of historical accuracy, typical of the Academic style Moore adhered to. The details in the costumes and the realism in the portrayal of characters demonstrate Moore’s attention to aesthetics and his academic approach to figure composition.

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