Eugène Delacroix 1798 – 1863

Jacob wrestling with the angel

fresco (758 × 491 cm) — 1857-61

Eugène Delacroix biography

This work is linked to Genesis 32:24

Delacroix made this huge mural in a side chapel of the church of Saint-Sulpice in Paris. It is a fine example of his naturalistic romantic style. He also made a painting of Heliodorus driven from the temple in the same chapel.

According to the story in Genesis Jacob took a side path on his way home. A man or angel blocked his way. The two wrestled until the breaking of the day, when the angel gave way and blessed Jacob for his perseverance.

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