Elijah’s Ascension is a religious art engraving done by Gustave Doré in 1865. This historical religious artwork is based on the story of how Elijah was caught up in a chariot of fire and transported to Heaven from the old testament book of 2 Kings.
Doré used contrast and the technique *chiaroscuro for his biblical illustrations. The dramatic contrast between the dark and light parts of this religious art engraving, along with the image of Elijah being caught up in the air, create both a mystical and spiritual effect. The way in which Doré used light to enhance Elijah and part of the chariot of fire both add to the mystical effect and importance of the biblical story.
*Chiaroscuro (in French: clair-obscur) A technique using the contrast between a painting’s light and dark parts for dramatic effect. In addition, clair-obscur creates an illusion of depth in a flat canvas.
Caravaggio and Rembrandt often used this technique.
Biblical reference for Elijah’s Ascension:
“And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.” 2 Kings 2:11