Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History



  • Isaac Blessing Jacob, 1642
    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.

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    Isaac Blessing Jacob, 1642
    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)


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