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Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn: The Angel Appears to Hagar

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn 1606 – 1669

The Angel Appears to Hagar

pen drawing (18 × 25 cm) — ca. 1655 Museum Kunsthalle, Hamburg

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn biography

This work is linked to Genesis 21:17

Tags: Abraham

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Hagar was a slave-girl owned by Sara, wife of Abraham. Hagar had a son, Ishmael, sired by Abraham. When Sara bore Abraham a son as well, she had Abraham drive Hagar and Ishmael away.

When Hagar and her child almost perish of thirst in the desert, Hagar discovers a well by divine intervention.

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