Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn 1606 – 1669

Isaac and Rebecca spied upon by Abimelech

pen drawing (14 × 18 cm) — c. 1665
private collection

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn biography

This work is linked to Genesis 26:8

Tags: Isaac

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This drawing (pen and brown ink) is considered to be a study for The Jewish bride. Rembrandt probably choose the subject after he had seen a print after a fresco by Raphael, showing the moment Abimelech catches the couple making love.

In this drawing, the king can be seen in the top right. Rebecca sits on Isaac's lap. She has her hand over his.

Isaac and Rebecca were married but had presented themselves as brother and sister. Therefore the king was surprised when he caught them cuddling.

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