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  • Elizarus and Rebekah at the Well

    Artist:
    Loth, Johann Carl. 1632-1698
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    123x158,5 cm

Loth, Johann Carl. 1632-1698

Elizarus and Rebekah at the Well

Germany, 1670s

In Genesis (xxiv) we read how Abraham sent out his eldest servant to find a wife for his son Isaac. There the servant meets the beautiful Rebekah at the well. This composition, in its treatment of the figures and colouring, provides clear evidence of just how far Loth's work was influenced by the Italian school. This German artist was forced to leave his native land as a result of the awful destruction resulting from the Thirty Years War, when local artistic traditions seemed to have largely disappeared. Loth was clearly acquainted with the work of Bernardo Strozzi, the masters of the Baroque, and the use of contrasting light and shade of Caravaggio. But the most important influence was the art of Venice, where the artist worked and where he became the leading 17th-century painter. Over recent years, four paintings in the Hermitage have been newly attributed to him and there are now eight recognized works by Loth, including a Return of the Prodigal Son which forms a pair with this painting.

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Elizarus and Rebekah at the Well

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oil

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123x158,5 cm

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Entered the Hermitage in 1922; transferred from the Academy of Fine Arts

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ГЭ-3675

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