(b. 1592, Pratovecchio, d. 1664, Firenze)

Jael and Sisera

Oil on canvas, 124 x 102 cm
Private collection

Sisera was a cruel Canaanite leader who ruled the Israelites for twenty years. Barak defeated his nine hundred charioteers by a surprise Israelite attack. Sisera escaped and sought refuge in the tent of Jael, wife of Heber the Kenite. She gave the terrified Canaanite sanctuary. When he fell asleep, she drove a tent peg into his brain. The act fulfilled the prediction of Debora, prophetess and Israelite leader, who foresaw that a woman would slay Sisera.

This work is typical of Vignali's compositional style. Its composition is a derivation of a drawing by Cigoli in the Uffizi, Florence.

© Web Gallery of Art, created by Emil Krén and Daniel Marx.