The Top of Mount Sinai with the Chapel of Elijah

  • Miner Kilbourne Kellogg, The Top of Mount Sinai with the Chapel of Elijah, after 1844, oil on linen, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase, 1991.2

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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)
The Top of Mount Sinai with the Chapel of Elijah
after 1844
28 1/2 x 19 1/2 in. (72.4 x 49.5 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

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oil on linen
  • Occupation – service
  • Occupation – art – painter
  • Figure group – male
  • Portrait male – Kellogg, Miner Kilbourne – self-portrait
  • Ethnic – Arabian
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