The lower half of the retable illustrates the Old Testament theme of Moses and the Brazen Serpent (detail, fig.
Cristobal de Villalpando, Moses and the Brazen Serpent (detail), from Moses and the Brazen Serpent and the Transfiguration of Jesus, 1683, oil on canvas, 28 ft.
The Brazen Serpent appears in the background on the left.
Two motifs in particular, Christ in Judgment and the Brazen Serpent, mitigate the strict bisection the composition of Law and Gospel may suggest.
The Brazen Serpent (Numbers 21: 6-9), which appears on the law side of the Gotha panel, complicates the division between law and gospel in a way similar to Christ in Judgment.
It is in this specific perspective that Mary finds perhaps her most evocative and powerful symbol, the Brazen Serpent
, this "Serpentem aeneum" that Moses raised in the desert upon instruction by Yahweh (Num.
McLennan, and is, indeed, the most obviously dated part of his whole oeuvre: totemism (e.g., the proposed link between Nahash, `serpent'/name of king of Ammon, Nahshon, David's progenitor, and the brazen serpent
) and matrilineal descent are hardly likely to figure largely in any account of the origin and development of biblical religion nowadays.
For example, Catherine Rainwater's "`This Brazen Serpent
Is a Doctors [sic] Shop': Edward Taylor's Medical Vision," searches in vain for the sources of the master-discourse of medicine, then attributes the lack of documentation concerning Taylor's medical training to the fact "that in seventeenth-century England, medicine was not a part of any university curriculum" (p.
Hyde initially stresses Lawrence's inventive adaptations of typology, such as his radical revision of the meaning of mystic marriage in both The Rainbow and Women in Love, or his complex transposition of Moses' rearing of the Brazen serpent
in The Plumed Serpent.
The show's centrepiece is his monumental Moses and the Brazen Serpent
and the Transfiguration of Jesus of 1683 (pictured), which has never been exhibited outside the artist's native Mexico.
| The meetings planned for the coming week are, that the subject for the Bible class on Wednesday 9th January at 7.30pm will be " the brazen serpent
." The Thursday seminar group will meet at 7pm to study the book of Ruth.
14) pops up in a study of the Worship of the Brazen Serpent