Gerbrand van den Eeckhout (Dutch, 1621–1674)
Oil on canvas
39 5/8 x 50 1/2 in. (100.6 x 128.3 cm)
Bequest of Colis P. Huntington, 1900 (25.110.16)
Jacob impersonates his elder brother Esau in order to receive the blessing of their father Isaac, a scheme conceived by Rebecca, the blind man's wife. Rembrandt made several drawings of the Old Testament subject in the 1640s, and a few of his pupils followed suit. In this case Van den Eeckhout emulates the master's style more successfully than his gift for effective staging.