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    Sale 2797

    Anton Philips, Entrepreneur & Connoisseur

    6 November 2007, Amsterdam

  • Lot 142

    Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (Leiden 1606-1669 Amsterdam)

    Abraham's Sacrifice (B., Holl. 35; H. 283)

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    Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (Leiden 1606-1669 Amsterdam)
    Abraham's Sacrifice (B., Holl. 35; H. 283)
    Etching and drypoint, 1655, a fairly good, atmospheric impression, occasional touches of pen and ink, with comparatively wide margins, short tear in the left margin (outside the platemark), minor paper discoloration, otherwise in generally good condition, framed
    P. 154 x 130 mm., S. 168 x 144 mm.

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    The story concerns the test of faith set by God for Abraham in which he was commanded to make a burnt offering of his son, Isaac. At the point where Abraham drew his knife an angel appeared saying 'Now I know you are a God-fearing man. You have not withheld me from your son.' A ram, which had got caught in a thicket nearby, was sacrificed in Isaac's place.

    Rembrandt has followed the written source very closely. According to Genesis 'Abraham said unto his young men: abide ye here with the ass and I and the lad will go yonder and worship.' The two young men, and the ass upon which Abraham made the journey, can be seen at the right waiting a little below the hill where the action takes place. The ram can just be made out at the left.

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