”DISMISSAL OF HAGAR BY ABRAHAM”. MINIATURE. AFTER VAN RIJN, REMBRANDT (LEINDEN, 1606 – AMSTERDAM, 1669). 18TH CENTURY.

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Reference: Z6786

“Abraham disowning Hagar.” According to the model of VAN RIJN, Rembrandt (Leinden, 1606 – Amsterdam, 1669). Framed miniature. Century XVIII. The scene is set in an idealized landscape. In the foreground, a venerable old man, richly dressed (blue tunic, yellow belt and red cape with ermine, with a colorful turban to match), walks, indicating the act with his hands, towards a woman who covers her face, showing thus the artist his sorrow. She is accompanied by a child, with his back to the viewer, and carries a series of packages and a vessel, making one think of a trip. To the left, in some humble architecture, there is an elderly woman looking out to see the scene, smiling, while a young child does the same as her, opening a wooden door from which a small dog runs out. Shows a story from Genesis. The story tells that Sarah accepted that Abraham would obtain offspring thanks to an Egyptian slave, Hagar, a union from which Ishmael was born. However, when Sarah had Isaac thanks to a miracle, she convinced Abraham to expel Sarah and her son. The anecdotal detail of presenting Sara appearing smiling, the dog, Sara's sadness, etc. It can also be seen in the painting of the same subject by the Flemish Pieter-Jozef Verhaghen (1728-1811), in which Abraham also appears with a red cloak and turban, but the composition and environment differ; in the painting by Jan Victors from around 1635 (Budapest Museum of Fine Arts), with Sara and her son smiling; etc However, some drawings by Rembrandt are preserved (Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, two by Rembrandt; this institution has another, probably from the 18th century and anonymous but very similar; and there is another by the artist in the Metropolitan Museum) made in 1637 by the master that follow, almost point by point, the present work except, logically, in the coloring and in the background, where the architecture of the baroque master is replaced by a landscape.

· Size: 15,x18,5 / 28x30 cms.

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