Anneke Kaai



Hannah's Prayer
(1 Sam. 1:1-19)
Acrylic and mixed-media on Plexiglass

Statement: Elkanah lived in the hill country of Ephraim. He had two wives: Hannah and Peninah. Peninah had many children, but Hannah was barren. Each year they went to Shiloh, to the tabernacle. Peninah often made fun of Hannah because she had no children and it made Hannah very sad. When Hanna was tormented by Peninah again, she went into the tabernacle by herself. There she pleaded with God: “LORD, please will you take note of my misery. Please give me a son! I am overwhelmed with sadness; I’m crushed under a heavy weight of sorrow!” (Her strong, deep longing is pictured by the arms reaching up to heaven. The red colour intensifies this expression of deep emotion. God saw Hannah’s sorrow and heard her prayer. (This is shown by the impression of an embryo between the outstretched arms.)


The portrait of Hannah expresses the intense cry unto God’s mercy in her desperate need.


Bio: Dutch artist Anneke Kaai trained at the Gooise Academie for fine arts before joining the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. Since then she has largely concentrated on developing her unique style, which she describes as ‘abstract and symbolic.’ Inspiration for her means being breathed into by the Holy Spirit. She painted the series: The Creation, The Apocalypse, The Ten Commandments, The Apostolic Creed, The Psalms, Bible Words, Relations with God, Biblical Women, and a series about Prayers. All these series are in print, also in the English language. The book of the Bible Words “In a Word” has a text special written by Eugene Petersen, the book “She shall be called Woman” about Biblical Women, has a special text written by Mary Mikhael, Beirut, Lebanon.



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