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This picture, one of Colonia's finest works, depicts the rare subject of Noah and his family leaving the Ark. Most other artists have chosen to depict Noah and his family entering the Ark. To the left of Noah is his wife. In the centre are Noah's three sons (Ham, Shem and Japheth) and one of their wives. A procession of animals is still leaving the Ark in the distance. Most prominent – and amusing – are the pairs of animals and birds that fill the foreground, cackling, preening and giving vent to sighs and smiles of relief after their ordeal of forty days afloat.
oil on canvas
H 89 x W 86 cm
gift from Thomas Wilkinson, 1891