- Paolo Farinati
- Elijah brought to heaven by a chariot of fire
- Point of the brush and brown wash, heightened with white, over black chalk
- 386 by 518 mm; 15¼ by 20 7/16 in
The subject is taken from the Old Testament (2 Kings 2:8): at this moment a chariot and horses, made of fire, suddenly appear and the prophet Elijah is lifted up in a whirlwind. As Elijah is carried upwards, his mantle falls to the ground and Elisha picks it up. This last motif, which is missing from Farinati's upright versions of the scene, may have been added to fit better with the horizontal format.
1. Paolo Farinati 1524-1606, Dipinti, incisioni e disegni per l'architettura, exhib. cat. Verona, Museo di Castelvecchio, 2006, reproduced p. 229, fig. 210
2. Edinburgh, National Gallery of Scotland, inv. no. RSA 154; K. Andrews, Catalogue of the Italian Drawings, vol. I, p. 48, no. RSA 154, reproduced vol. II, fig. 344; Paris, Musée du Louvre, inv. no. 4851; exhib. cat., Verona 2006, op. cit., reproduced p. 229