In 1646, on a panel fewer than nine inches wide, Rembrandt van Rijn produced one of his most captivating images. In private hands and publicly exhibited only a handful of times, this extraordinary painting, Abraham Entertaining the Angels, is among the artist’s lesser-known masterpieces and it is the inspiration for Divine Encounter. The painting is presented alongside a selection of Rembrandt’s treatments of other biblical episodes in which Abraham encounters God and his angels. These are examined as a group, compared with versions by Rembrandt’s contemporaries, and considered in relation to theological, philosophical and artistic debates of the period. The book was published in conjunction with the exhibition Divine Encounter: Rembrandt’s Abraham and the Angels.
Author: Joanna Sheers Seidenstein
Publisher: The Frick Collection in association with D Giles Limited