Jan Victors (Dutch, Amsterdam 1619–1676/77 East Indies)
Oil on canvas
58 x 65 1/8 in. (147.3 x 165.4 cm)
Not on view
Inscription: Signed (right): Jan Victors
?by descent to Martin, comte Cornet de Ways Ruart, Brussels (until d. 1870); [Étienne Le Roy, Brussels, through Léon Gauchez, Paris, until 1870; sold to Blodgett]; William T. Blodgett, Paris and New York (1870–71; sold half share to Johnston); William T. Blodgett, New York, and John Taylor Johnston, New York (1871; sold to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Rembrandt/Not Rembrandt in The Metropolitan Museum of Art," October 10, 1995–January 7, 1996, no. 55.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Age of Rembrandt: Dutch Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art," September 18, 2007–January 6, 2008, no catalogue.
Catalogue of the Pictures in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, No. 681 Fifth Avenue, in the City of New York. [New York], 1872, p. 28, no. 51, as "Jacob and Laban".
F[ritz von]. Harck. "Berichte und Mittheilungen aus Sammlungen und Museen, über staatliche Kunstpflege und Restaurationen, neue Funde: Aus amerikanischen Galerien." Repertorium für Kunstwissenschaft 11 (1888), p. 76, as Laban admonishing Jacob ("Jacob Laban ermahnend"), a good work by Jan Victors.
Werner Sumowski. Gemälde der Rembrandt-Schüler. Vol. 4, Ch. Paudiss–Anonyme. Landau/Pfalz, 1983–[94?], p. 2609, no. 1780, ill. p. 2680, accepts Manuth's [see Ref. 1987] identification of the subject and Miller's [see Ref. 1985] dating.
Debra Miller. "Jan Victors (1619–76)." PhD diss., University of Delaware, 1985, vol. 1, pp. 97, 293, no. 42, as "Jacob and Laban"; calls it a late work and dates it about 1655–76.
Volker Manuth. "Ikonographische Studien zu den Historien des Alten Testaments bei Rembrandt und seiner frühen Amsterdamer Schule." PhD diss., Freie Universität Berlin, 1987, pp. 151–53, no. 2, fig. 110, identifies the subject as Abraham leaving Lot and his family.
Walter Liedtke inRembrandt/Not Rembrandt in The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Aspects of Connoisseurship. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Vol. 2, "Paintings, Drawings, and Prints: Art-Historical Perspectives."New York, , p. 153, no. 55, ill., as "Abraham's Parting from the Family of Lot"; dates it about 1670.
Katharine Baetjer. "Buying Pictures for New York: The Founding Purchase of 1871." Metropolitan Museum Journal 39 (2004), pp. 183, 197, 203, 244–45, appendix 1A no. 51, ill.
Walter Liedtke. Dutch Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2007, vol. 2, pp. 911–12, no. 209, colorpl. 209, dates it about 1655–65.
The subject is taken from chapter 13 of Genesis: Abraham and his nephew Lot have travelled together from Egypt to the plain of Jordan, where, after a dispute over grazing land, they separate, Abraham departing for Canaan and Lot setting off for Sodom.