Laban Searching for Family Idols among the Possessions of Joseph

A work made of etching on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1630–35

Artist:

Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione
Italian, 1609-1664

About this artwork

Dating to around the time of Castiglione’s first trip to Rome, in 1630, this work is considered one of the artist’s earliest etchings. Depicted is a scene from the story of Jacob, in the book of Genesis. After fleeing Laban’s house in the middle of the night, Jacob and his wives, Rachel and Leah, are overtaken by Laban, who searches for the household idols stolen by Rachel in an attempt to protect Jacob from another twenty years of labor under her father’s rule. The image demonstrates Castiglione’s preference for patriarchal themes and his tendency to place animals in the foreground of his compositions: two sheep rest in the left-hand corner.

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Artist

Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione

Title

Laban Searching for Family Idols among the Possessions of Joseph

Origin

Italy

Date

1630–1635

Medium

Etching on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

245 x 330 mm (image); 250 x 340 mm (plate); 260 x 345 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

The Joseph Brooks Fair Collection

Reference Number

1967.38

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