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Past Exhibition

Abraham and Isaac

Rembrandt etching depicting biblical scene where Abraham is speaking to Isaac

Rembrandt van Rijn
Abraham and Isaac, 1645
Etching and burin, state I/II
6 1/8 x 5 1/8 inches (15.7 x 13 cm)
The Morgan Library & Museum, New York

In Genesis 22, Isaac, unaware of the nature of the sacrifice that the Lord has commanded Abraham to make, asks why no lamb is present. His father answers that the Lord will provide the lamb. Just beyond Abraham’s pointed finger, rays of light break through the gathering clouds, anticipating the arrival of the intervening angel sent by God.