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The Top of Mount Sinai with the Chapel of Elijah

after 1844 Miner Kilbourne Kellogg Born: Manlius Square, New York 1814 Died: Toledo, Ohio 1889 oil on linen 28 1/2 x 19 1/2 in. (72.4 x 49.5 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase 1991.2 Smithsonian American Art Museum
2nd Floor, East Wing


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Miner Kilbourne Kellogg painted several pictures of Mount Sinai and was fascinated by its religious significance as the place where Moses received the Ten Commandments. This painting shows the artist himself, seated on the summit next to the Chapel of Elijah. Through his studies of the area, Kellogg found evidence of a valley called Es-Seba’îyeh, where Moses and the Israelites may have camped. Back in America, he gave many lectures about his travels, using this painting along with others to illustrate his findings. (Davis, The Landscape of Belief, 1996)

Keywords

Ethnic - Arabian

Figure group - male

Landscape - mountain - Mount Sinai

Occupation - art - painter

Occupation - service

Portrait male - Kellogg, Miner Kilbourne - self-portrait

painting

paint - oil

fabric - linen

About Miner Kilbourne Kellogg

Born: Manlius Square, New York 1814 Died: Toledo, Ohio 1889

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