The Sacrifice of Isaac
Jan Lievens ( Dutch, 1607 - 1674 )
- c. 1659
The Book of Genesis (22: 1-19) tells how God tested Abraham's devotion by ordering him to sacrifice his only son, Isaac. In this deeply moving depiction, Antonio de Pereda presents Abraham, still unaware that God will intervene, gesturing heavenward while gazing tenderly at his son. This differs from the more common practice of artists representing the dramatic moment when Abraham is set to slay Isaac and God sends an angel to halt his hand at the last moment.
Dorothy Kosinski, DMA label copy, 1997.