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Jacob's Farewell to Benjamin

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.




Follower of Rembrandt van Rijn
Dutch, 1606-1669

About this artwork

This scene of kinship between men has been interpreted as the biblical figure Jacob granting permission to his youngest son, Benjamin, to travel with his brothers to Egypt. The artist, an unknown follower of Rembrandt van Rijn, conveyed Jacob’s ambivalent emotional state by presenting the boy with his back to the viewer. Rembrandt and his followers treated this subject many times, as the Protestant art market in the Dutch Republic valued scenes of faith and loyalty but lacked the Catholic interest in martyrdom.


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Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Follower of Rembrandt van Rijn


Jacob's Farewell to Benjamin


Netherlands (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on canvas


113 × 110.5 cm (52 9/16 × 43 1/2 in.)

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Wilson L. Mead Fund

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