Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn 1606 – 1669

The Angel Prevents the Sacrifice of Isaac (1636)

oil on canvas (195 × 132 cm) — 1636 Museum Alte Pinakothek, Munich

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.

This painting was started by one of Rembrandt's students. At some point the master took over and finished it. The composition and the figures are similar to the 1635 painting on the subject.

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