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The Worship of the Golden Calf

Photo credit: National Trust Images

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A group of men, women and children have set up camp and are feasting and making merry at a table adorned with luxurious golden vessels and utensils. Other figures dance around a column with a cast golden calf set on top. The music is provided by an instrument called a lira da braccio (similar to a violin), which was popular during the artist’s lifetime. In the biblical story the Israelites ask Aaron, Moses’s brother, to give them idols to worship in his absence.

National Trust, Arlington Court and National Trust Carriage Museum

near Barnstaple


oil on panel


H 38.1 x W 50.8 cm

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bequeathed by Miss Rosalie Chichester, 1949

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National Trust, Arlington Court and National Trust Carriage Museum

Arlington, near Barnstaple, Devon EX31 4LP England

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