"a Jeremiah"
Jeremiah, from the Sistine Chapel
Public DomainJeremiah, from the Sistine Chapel

Jeremiah was a Christian and Jewish prophet, who features in the Bible's Old Testament and the Torah.  In these books, God regularly calls on Jeremiah to convey warnings to sinful people that God will destroy them if they do not mend their ways.  This kind of news meets with predictable responses: he is castigated and beaten.  He is most commonly illustrated in sorrow and has become a common artistic subject for lamentation.