Abraham and Isaac

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, Dutch (active Leiden and Amsterdam), 1606 - 1669

Made in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Europe



Sheet: 6 1/8 x 5 inches (15.6 x 12.7 cm)

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Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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The Muriel and Philip Berman Gift, acquired from the John S. Phillips bequest of 1876 to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, with funds contributed by Muriel and Philip Berman, gifts (by exchange) of Lisa Norris Elkins, Bryant W. Langston, Samuel S. White 3rd and Vera White, with additional funds contributed by John Howard McFadden, Jr., Thomas Skelton Harrison, and the Philip H. and A.S.W. Rosenbach Foundation, 1985

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Rembrandt returned to the Old Testament story of Abraham and Isaac throughout his career, apparently fascinated by the psychological interaction between father and son. Here, he has chosen to depict a moment just after God has ordered Abraham to sacrifice his son: Isaac, carrying the wood customarily used in the burnt offering of a ram, has just asked his father where they will find the animal. Abraham replies that God will provide a ram, and Isaac gazes back trustingly at him.