• Abraham and the Three Angels

    Artist:
    Victors, Jan, attributed to. 1619-1676
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    121x161 cm

Victors, Jan, attributed to. 1619-1676

Abraham and the Three Angels

Holland, late 1630s

The collection of paintings by the great Dutchman himself is supplemented by those of his many pupils and followers. They included some works of outstanding quality such as the large depiction of Abraham and the Three Angels by Jan Victors. Right up to the middle of the 20th century this was considered to be by Rembrandt, but later research showed that it was painted in the main by his pupil and the master was responsible only for the figure of the fair-haired angel with iridescent wings seated with his back to the viewer. Instances of Rembrandt correcting the works of his pupils and even repainting particular elements are widely known. This kind of practice has also led to difficulty in the attribution of the many copies of the great artist’s works that were produced in the 17th century. Old Testament subjects had priority in Rembrandt’s studio, including the story of Abraham. He set many of his pupils the task of painting the episode in which three travellers come to the patriarch and turn out to be angels that predict the birth to the old man and his wife Sarah of a long-awaited son. A special aura attaches to all the canvases that came out of Rembrandt’s studio. Glowing light conveys more than the facial expressions or gestures of the personages the significance and miraculous nature of what is taking place.

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Abraham and the Three Angels

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oil

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121x161 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage between 1763 and 1773 from the Catherine the Great collection

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-731

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