Beauty In Beliefs In Edward Hicks's Peaceable Kingdom

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Beauty in Beliefs The art piece, Peaceable Kingdom by Edward Hicks has a medium of oil on canvas which consists of a lot of detail and meaning. This was a painting made in 1832 with a scale of 17 7/8 x 23 7/8 inches and now is part of the MET collection. Hicks intention with this painting was to get the idea of Isaiah 11:6 into image since it wasn 't going so well at the time of the paintings creation. He wanted to show perfect harmony during hardship and the Bible verse perfectly aligned with his thought thus allowing him to attempt the recreation of it. Hicks not only a painter was also a Quaker minister; this allowed him to have a greater idea of what the passage was talking about. This painting shows different species of animals in what Hicks considers complete harmony which may also be what he considers happiness to be. At first glance this piece of art seems to be of nature, mostly wild life but, when noticing that it has the words "Isaiah 11:6" that thought is reconsidered. The verse states, "The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them" this verse gives…show more content…
The symbolic meaning may be that one day in a place known as heaven or perhaps what the author considers happiness; all will live in harmony with a love towards each other that even animals that hunt other animals for food will have no need for it and their young will be able to live in peace. The historical meaning could be that during the time that this painting was made the second great awakening was occurring making it necessary for people to show others their feelings and thoughts. This also allowed for artist such as Hicks to express themselves to a wider public to show others how they felt and their definition of happiness or the good

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