The Defeat of Sennacherib

WAG 1995.376


A drawing of a battle scene whose graphic and chaotic violence is achieved through a confused mass of contorted bodies of King Sennacherib's soldiers both on the ground and horseback, horses bolting, stumbling and crashing to the ground, a collapsing camp tent, and swirling cloud in top centre through which God appears accompanied by his angels. This scene is about God's punishment of the Assyrian King Sennacherib who in the 8th century BC assembled a large army of 185,000 men against the rebellious Hezechiah, King of Judah, and besieged the holy city of Jerusalem. King Sennacherib and his soldiers are being punished for this blasphemous conduct by God who sent his angels to destroy the Assyrian camp.