Bertram of Minden ca. 1340 – 1414/15

Isaac asks Esau to hunt for venison

mixed techniques on panel (84 × 56 cm) — 1383 Museum Kunsthalle, Hamburg

Bertram of Minden biography

This work is linked to Genesis 27:3

Old Isaac is almost blind when he calls his son Esau. He wants Esau to go hunting with his bow and get him a nice piece of meat. Isaac promises to bless Esau as a reward.

In the background Isaac's wife Rebecca is listening. She quickly informs Esau's brother Jacob and advises him to be faster than his brother.

The panel is part of Master Bertram's main work, the Grabow altarpiece.

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