The biblical story of Jacob is the subject of this work. After cheating his brother Esau out of his birthright and his blessing, Jacob was forced to flee for his life. Following his mother's advice, he took refuge in the home of his uncle Laban, who had two daughters, Leah and Rachel. Jacob fell in love with Rachel and agreed to work for his uncle for seven years in order to marry her. At the end of the seven years, however, Laban gave him Leah instead. After working another seven years, Jacob married Rachel as well. He went on to father twelve sons, from whom the Twelve Tribes of Israel descended.
French artist in Bologna, Italy (?)
Kress Collection (K1824) gift, 1961.
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