Daniel in the Lions' Den (painting)

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Daniel in the Lions' Den is a 1615 painting by the Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens, now in the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.

The subject is from Daniel 6:1-28. Rubens modelled the lions on a Moroccan subspecies, examples of which were then in the Spanish governor's menagerie in Brussels. In 1618 he acquired more than a hundred pieces of classical sculpture, in exchange for this painting, eight others and a sum of money.

Although the painting shows Daniel as a young man,[1] according to the biblical chronology Daniel would have been over eighty years old at the time of the incident depicted.[2]


  1. ^ "Daniel in the Lions' Den". National Gallery of Art. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  2. ^ Boice, James Montgomery (2006). Daniel: An Expositional Commentary. Baker Books. p. 68. 

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