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A history of the world in 10 1/2 chapters (Julian Barnes): Noah's Ark and the Flood

The Flood of Noah (Genesis 7:11-24)

William de Brailesca. 1250 (Medieval) Read more

12th-13th century 
Cathedral of the Assumption, Monreale, Sicily

From the Ash­burn­ham Pen­ta­teuch (6th or 7th century). The ark is shaped like a chest but has win­dows and a door. Dead bodies float in the waves beneath.  Read more

Illuminated Manuscript, Bible Pictures by William de Brailes, The Animals Enter Noah's Ark, Walters Art Museum Ms. W.106, fol. 2r

Noah. Mosaic in Basilica di San Marco, Venice. C17-C18.

Detail of the bronze door of the Basilica of San Zeno which is decorated with 48 panels illustrating biblical stories

In the Catacombs of Marcellinus and Peter, a massive 2nd-3rd century funeral complex located to the south-east of Rome, archaeologists discovered a wall fresco depicting Noah sitting in his ark. The ark is comically stylized as a little lidless box.

According to their flood story found in The Apocryphon of John, a second century gnostic text, God is an evil Demiurge who decides to destroy the world by means of a Flood. In an attempt to spoil the Demiurge’s plans, the personification of foreknowledge, Pronoia, warns Noah to save the human race. Rather than an ark, though, Noah gathers some people together and hides them in a luminous cloud, thereby surviving the deluge. (Source)

Carving on porch of Guimiliau Parish Church

Noah's Ark on Nimes Cathedral

Lincoln Minster, England

Monreale Duomo

Michelangelo, The Flood - fresco (280 × 560 cm) — 1508-1512. Sistine Chapel, Vatican City

Scene of flood withe the myth of Alcyone and Ceyx,1517-18 (detail of 2646081) von Baldassarre Peruzzi

Bottega di Raffaello (1518-19) "Noah constructing the ark with his sons".

Poussin, Winter (The Flood) from The Four Seasons (Poussin's last four paintings)

Noah (1502) is a fresco by Filippino Lippi, at Strozzi Chapel, Santa Maria Novella, Florence, Italy.


Gates of Paradise, Florence. Noah and His Sons, Lorenzo Ghiberti (1378 – 1 December 1455) depicts the ark in this bronze door panel as a pyramid -- interesting. At the top, we see Noah and his family members departing the ark along with the animals. The lower right shows Noah offering burnt sacrifices to God who looks down from the opening in the sky in the upper right, surrounded by worshiping angels. In the lower left and center, Noah gets drunk and the sons of Noah uncover him to look on him naked.

Flood and Waters Subsiding
Fresco, 215 x 510 cm
Green Cloister, Santa Maria Novella, Florence

Noah's Sacrifice and Noah's Drunkenness
Fresco, 277 x 540 cm
Green Cloister, Santa Maria Novella, Florence