Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn 1606 – 1669

The Angel Prevents the Sacrifice of Isaac (1635)

oil on canvas (193 × 133 cm) — 1635 Museum Hermitage, St. Petersburg

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn biography

This work is linked to Genesis 22:10

At the very last moment, an angel stops Abraham from killing his own son, Isaac. Pretending they set out to slaughter a lamb, Abraham actually intended to sacrifice Isaac to his god.

One year on, Rembrandt would make a similar painting.

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