Ferdinand Bol 1616 – 1680

Jacob's Dream

oil on canvas (128 × 97 cm) — 1642 Museum Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden

Ferdinand Bol biography

This work is linked to Genesis 28:12

In a dream an angel comes down a ladder and tells Jacob to return to the land of his father. Twenty years ago, Jacob had ran away from home after a run-in with his brother, Esau. Now the time has come for Jacob to leave his treacherous uncle Laban and go back home, says God's messenger.

Jacob leaves Laban, taking along his herd and women: Laban's daughters Lea and Rachel. Before he reaches Canaan, Laban catches up with them. 

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