Domenico Marolì, Jacob's Ruse

17th century
Oil on canvas, 51.2 x 65 in. (130 x 165 cm.)
Galleria Regionale della Sicilia, Palermo.

In Genesis 27 Jacob impersonates his brother Esau, to whom their father Isaac had been planning to give his final blessing. To deceive his blind father Jacob has wrapped his arm in the skin of a kid. The ruse was contrived by Jacob's mother Rebecca, who in the painting can scarcely contain her amusement at the success of the plan.

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Photographed at the Galleria Regionale by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.