Art history is sometimes imagined as a discipline of solitary scholars, not unlike King Solomon as depicted in this Viceregal painting by Marcos Zapata: alone in a study, poring over texts, and waiting for the moment of inspiration (perhaps divine?)… More»
God rained down manna (bread from heaven) on Moses and the hungry Israelites on their journey out of Egypt.
Described as white “like coriander seed” and tasting “like wafers made with honey,” manna was both physical and spiritual nourishment and a sign that God was watching over the Jews.
In this image, the Israelites around Moses bend down to hurriedly collect manna, which the Bible says melted in the sunlight.