Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Rachel Hides her Father's Idols (1726 - 1729)

Rachel Hides her Father's Idols (1726 - 1729)
Giovan Battista Tiepolo 1696 – 1770
fresco (400 × 500 cm) — 1726 - 1729
Genesis 31:35 - And she said to her father, Let it not displease my lord that I cannot rise up before thee; for the custom of women is upon me. And he searched but found not the images.
To compensate for a lack of dowry, Rachel takes her father's statues of familiars (terafim) when she sets out for Canaan with her husband Jacob. Her father, Laban, catches up with them and demands his possessions back. Jacob does not know what Rachel has done. Rachel is shown sitting in the saddle with the statues, claiming she cannot get up since she is menstruating.

Presumably Tiepolo used himself as a model for Jacob.
>>>> Palazzo Patriarcale, Udine

No comments:

Post a Comment

Enter your comment.