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Pieter Lastman: Abraham on the Way to Canaan

Pieter Lastman ca. 1583 – 1633

Abraham on the Way to Canaan

oil on canvas (72 × 122 cm) — 1614 Museum Hermitage, St. Petersburg

Pieter Lastman biography

This work is linked to Genesis 12:7

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Abraham follows God's order when he leaves Mesopotamia for the land Canaan. He takes his whole extended family with him. In Canaan he travels on to the oak grove Moreh, near a place called Sichem.

In this painting Lastman shows the moment God speaks to Abraham from the oak grove. He tells Abraham that the land will belong to his offspring.

It was originally painted on a panel and later transfered to canvas.

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