Web Content Viewer (JSR 286)

Actions
Loading...
  • Sacrifice of Isaac

    Artist:
    Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn. 1606
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    193x132 cm

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn. 1606

Sacrifice of Isaac

Holland, 1635

God ordered Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac as a test of his faith (Genesis, 22: 1-13). Abraham set out to carry out the command, proving his belief, but God sent an angel to stay his hand just as he was about to sink the knife into his son's body. Rembrandt captures all the the dramatism of the culminating moment in this terrible intended sacrifice. Abraham's amazement as the angel stops him with hand raised is revealed in his expressive gesture and the strong expression of his face, which almost borders on madness. We see a moment of great emotional tension, expressed in dynamic forms and lines. The heightened dramatism, monumental form, turbulent movement, sharp contrasts of light and shade are typical of Rembrandt's works of the 1630s and reflect in this painting the features of the Baroque style.

Title:

Sacrifice of Isaac

Place:

Date:

Material:

Technique:

oil

Dimensions:

193x132 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1779; acquired from the R. Walpole collection, Houghton Hall, England

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-727

Category:

Collection:

User collections including this work of art: