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Rebecca and Eliezer at the Well

Italian art has always occupied a space between the expressive and the classical. This is most clearly apparent in Naples where Domenico Gargiulo (1588-1656) represents the classically tinged school with references back to Antiquity.

Characteristics of Gargiulo The statuesque calm of the figures, the clear composition with special emphasis on the horizontal and vertical lines, and the measured colour scheme are all characteristicof Gargiulo. His clients seem to have favoured this particular motif; we know of five different versions.

The story behind the motif Genesis tells us how Abraham sent his bondsman Eliezer to his own country to find a bride for his only son, Isaac. As the eveni...

1627-1679
Oil on canvas
135.0 x 157.0cm
KMSsp119
Images and text © National Gallery of Denmark, 2018

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