It’s been 27 years since art historian Linda Nochlin published her essay “The Imaginary Orient,” a critique of sexist and racist depictions of “brown and black folk” by Western artists such as Jean-Léon Gérôme. Back then, “I was put off… 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.