Jacob Seeking the Forgiveness of Esau

Creation date
oil on canvas
70-1/4 x 81-1/2 in.
Credit line
Martha Delzell Memorial Fund
Accession number
Currently On View In
William C. Griffith Jr. and Carolyn C. Griffith Gallery - H215

The subject of this painting is taken from the book of Genesis and depicts the moment before the reconciliation of the brothers, Jacob and Esau. Following the biblical text, Jacob has divided the children of his two wives and his handmaids, putting the latter in front. He asks for forgiveness from Esau who, unseen in this painting, advances at the head of four hundred men. The principal characters in this drama are portraits of an unidentified family.

Victors was famous for his depictions of Old Testament subjects and his most important patrons included members of the Portuguese Jewish community in Amsterdam.

Provenance Research is on-going at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and information will be added to this record as research is completed. Please contact Annette Schlagenhauff, Assoc. Curator of Research, at aschlagenhauff@imamuseum.org with any questions.
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