Collection: St. Isaac Blessing St. Jacob

ARTIST: Museum Religious Art Classics


Artist: Gerbrand van den Eeckhout – c. 1642

Jacob impersonates his elder brother Esau in order to receive the blessing of their father Isaac, a scheme conceived by Rebecca, the blind man’s wife. Rembrandt made several drawings of the Old Testament subject in the 1640s, and a few of his pupils followed suit. In this case Van den Eeckhout emulates the master’s style more successfully than his gift for effective staging.

Isaac’s feast day is December 20.