The Destruction of Leviathan (1866)
Engraving by Gustave Doré (France, 1832-1883)
Destruction of Leviathan is based on the Biblical story of Leviathan referenced in the book of Job. Leviathan is described as a giant fire-breathing serpent so terrifying that just the sight of it would drive men insane. The Book of Isaiah later says that on Judgement day, God will slay the serpent.
The serpent's face likely modeled on depictions of the great Midgard Serpent in Norse tales, and the battle scene itself was based on the Rig Veda, where Indra kills Vritra (the first born of dragons), with a thunderbolt.
The Destruction of Leviathan represents the abolishment of darkness and insanity. In this work, Gustave uses his depiction of the creature to show the resemblances to terrible creatures described in other various religions to showcase his personal unification philosophy.
Printed with Dye/Pigment Reactive Ink On archival matte paper Shipped in heavy duty poster tube Heavy weight (230 gsm), thick base (9.5 mil), and an instant-dry coating that resists fingerprints and smudging.
- Printed with Dye/Pigment Reactive Ink
- On archival matte paper
- Shipped in heavy duty poster tube
- Heavy weight (230 gsm), thick base (9.5 mil), and an instant-dry coating that resists fingerprints and smudging.