|Method||Lithograph with hand colouring|
|Artist||after I. Bakewell|
|Dimensions||Image 195 x 145 mm, Sheet 272 x 200 mm|
A German small scale copy of Bakewell's scarce eighteenth century allegorical and moral engraving of the 'Hieroglyphicks of the Natural Man.'
A tree rooted in 'Unglaube stolz' (Unbelief) is standing at the centre, along the branches it reads 'Angenlust', 'Fleischesturt' and 'Hoffart' ('In Lust', 'Flesh', and 'Pride'). The tree is being watered by the devil to the right and therefore bears a lot of 'bad' fruit such as 'Verfälschung', 'Völlerei' and 'Mord' ('Adultering', 'Gluttony' and 'Murder'). A snake is resting amongst the branches of the tree, while a white dove and an angel are seen flying away from the tree. A skeleton is ready to cut down the tree with his axe, the tree stump to his left suggests that he has already cut down a similar one. The tree is being struck by lightning symbolising God's wrath while in the background chaos has erupted with a large fire burning to the right. This scene allegorises The Parable of the Fig Tree in Luke's gospel (Luke 13:6-9) were Jesus preaches "unless you repent, you will likewise perish", telling them about a vineyard owner who did not find any fruit on a fig tree growing in his garden, and how the vineyard owner told his gardener to cut it down. The gardener then argued to keep the tree alive for a little longer while he fertilised it, and that if the tree did not bear fruit after another year, they could cut down the tree. The vineyard owner in this parable refers to God judging his people and Jesus as the gardener, asking his father to spare the sinners a little longer while he spreads God's word.
Condition: Even time toning to sheet.