Today is Purim, the Jewish holiday that celebrates the saving of the Jewish people from Haman, the prime minister of the ancient Persian Empire. Purim is one of the most festive holidays on the Jewish calendar, with celebrations that include food, drink, and costumes. This painting depicts the biblical story of Esther’s effort to save the Jewish people from destruction.

Esther before Ahasuerus,” c. 1738, by Pompeo Girolamo Batoni

Paul Delaroche (1797-1856)
“Herodias” (1843)
Oil on canvas
Located in the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, Cologne, Germany

Herodias (15 BC-after 39 AD) was a princess of the Herodian Dynasty of Judaea during the time of the Roman Empire.


From a 19th Century image of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives to an iconic Biblical image, Sacred Visions gives the Dahesh Museum’s collection a much needed temporary presence in NYC. The museum, which closed its physical space in 2007, was the only one dedicated to so called Academic art. Sacred Visions melds items from their collection with rare bibles from MOBIA’s collection on the Upper West Side, through February.


So I went to Mobia (Museum of Biblical Art) today and this is the first thing that popped into my mind.

A few minutes later some guy put a lost glove on the bench and another opportunity arose.

Man I wish I took pictures while at the museum tho, the paintings were amazing but the expressions and poses were hilarious. Also Jesus was a very pretty baby.

Discover more about this painting—which depicts Jesus Christ as “Salvator Mundi” or Savior of the World—at one of this week’s Spotlight Gallery Conversations, Thursday, Friday, or Saturday at 11 a.m.

Salvator Mundi in a Landscape,” c. 1510–30, by Master of the Mansi Magdalene

Naomi Reis in Back to Eden at The Museum of Biblical Art

Back to Eden
Contemporary Artists Wander the Garden

The Museum of Biblical Art

1865 Broadway at 61st Street
New York, NY 10023

Lynn Aldrich, Anonda Bell, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Sean Capone, Mat Collishaw, Jim Dine, Mark Dion, Barnaby Furnas, Adam Fuss, Rona Pondick, Lina Puerta, Naomi Reis, Pipilotti Rist, Alexis Rockman, Dana Sherwood, Mary Temple, Fred Tomaselli, Marina Zurkow

June 27—September 28, 2014

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This small sculpture depicts the biblical figure of David standing over the head of the giant warrior Goliath, whom he vanquished. Discover more about this artwork and the artist who created it during our next Spotlight Gallery Conversation on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday at 11:00 a.m.

David with the Head of Goliath,” 1490s, attributed to Bartolomeo Bellano

Attributed to Giovanni d’Ambrogio, “Archangel Gabriel of the Annunciation” and “Virgin Mary of the Annunciation” (both late 14th century), marble  at the Museum of Biblical Art’s ‘Sculpture in the Age of Donatello’


Sculpture in the Age of Donatello: Renaissance Masterpieces from Florence Cathedral opens 20 February 2015 at the Museum of Biblical Art, New York. Twenty-three early Florentine Renaissance sculptures—most never seen outside Italy—will be exhibited as the centerpiece of the Museum’s tenth anniversary season. MOBIA will be the sole venue for this exhibition of works created as components of larger programs for the exterior and interior of Florence Cathedral (the Duomo) from around 1400 until 1450. Sculpture in the Age of Donatello brings together objects made for the same location by artists who knew and competed with each other. On view through 14 June 2015.

Read a review in the New York Times.

Donatello, Saint John the Evangelist, c. 1409-1411. Full view and detail. Photo credit: Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore / Antonio Quattrone

Donatello, The Sacrifice of Isaac (detail), c. 1421. Photo credit: Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore / Antonio Quattrone

Donatello, Prophet Habbakuk (or “Lo Zuccone”), c. 1423-35. Photo credit: Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore / Antonio Quattrone

Giovanni d'Ambrogio, The Annunciation, late fourteenth-century. Photo credit: Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore / Antonio Quattrone

Nanni di Banco, Saint Luke, c. 1408. Photo credit: Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore / Antonio Quattrone

Donatello, Bronze Head for his Cantoria, c. 1433. Photo credit: Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore / Antonio Quattrone