Noah's Ark , by Edward Hicks, 1846.
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Oil on canvas of animals walking two by two, in a line to enter Noah's ark. Storm clouds loom overhead.

Credit: Courtesy of The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Bequest of Lisa Norris Elkins, 1950

The calm procession of beasts has a stately rhythm that embodies the gravity of God's command that they enter the ark to escape the approaching flood. The grayish green horizon with black clouds looming above intensifies the drama of the impending fate.

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