The Scapegoat (painting)

The Scapegoat
William Holman Hunt - The Scapegoat.jpg
ArtistWilliam Holman Hunt
Year1854–1856
MediumOil on canvas
Dimensions86 cm × 140 cm (34 in × 55 in)
LocationLady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight
Holman-Hunt-Scapegoat-(Manchester).jpg
ArtistWilliam Holman Hunt
Year1854–55
MediumOil on canvas
Dimensions33.7 cm × 45.9 cm (13.3 in × 18.1 in)
LocationManchester Art Gallery, Manchester

The Scapegoat (1854–1856) is a painting by William Holman Hunt which depicts the "scapegoat" described in the Book of Leviticus. On the Day of Atonement, a goat would have its horns wrapped with a red cloth – representing the sins of the community – and be driven off.

Hunt started painting on the shore of the Dead Sea, and continued it in his studio in London. The work exists in two versions, a small version in brighter colours with a dark-haired goat and a rainbow, in Manchester Art Gallery, and a larger version in more muted tones with a light-haired goat in the Lady Lever Art Gallery in Port Sunlight. Both were created over the same period, with the smaller Manchester version being described as "preliminary" to the larger Lady Lever version, which was the one exhibited.[1]

  1. ^ The Scapegoat, Lady Lever Art Gallery

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