Il Guercino 1591 – 1666

Abraham Casting Out Hagar and Ishmael

oil on canvas (115 × 154 cm) — 1657 Museum Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan

Il Guercino biography

This work is linked to Genesis 21:14

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Little Ishmael cries as his father, Abraham, tells him and his mother Hagar to leave the house. Abraham's pregnant wife Sarah turns her back on the scene; it is she who insisted that Abraham sends away the slave woman and her son.

This is the second time Hagar is sent off into the desert. When she was pregnant with Ishmael, barren Sarah dismissed her because she suspected her of contempt.

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