Melchizedek Offering the Bread and Wine
from Scenes from the Old Testament

  Melchizedek Offering the Bread and Wine    from    Scenes from the Old Testament

Photo © Martin Crampin, Imaging the Bible in Wales

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about 1885

Set of five roundels under the arcading of the sanctuary apse surrounded by rich decoration. From left to right: Abel offering up a lamb, the gathering of manna in the desert, Melchizedek offering the bread and wine, the sacrifice of the Paschal Lamb and Abraham sacrificing Isaac. Central panel from the series, above the altarpiece.

technique: painting

artist: Lavers, Barraud & Westlake

Church of St Mary the Virgin, Cardiff
sanctuary apse

The painter of the scene was either Philip Westlake, who painted the reredos, or Nathaniel Westlake, a partner of Lavers, Barraud and Westlake, the firm who were commissioned by the architect, J.D. Sedding.

The five scenes are all 'types' from the Old Testament of the two principal themes of the Eucharist - sacrifice (The sacrifice of Isaac, Melchizedek bringing forth the bread and wine, Abel offering up a lamb) and communion (manna in the wilderness and the paschal lamb).

The order of the images is significant. The central one, over the altar, is Melchizedek, the emphasis being on priesthood and the elements (just as in the reredos by William Goscombe John at St John the Baptist, Cardiff, where this typology is found again).




 

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Scenes from the Old Testament

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  Abel Offering up a Lamb    from    Scenes from the Old Testament   The Gathering of Manna    from    Scenes from the Old Testament   The Paschal Lamb    from    Scenes from the Old Testament   The Sacrifice of Isaac    from    Scenes from the Old Testament

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