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ID number:  BIRBI-67.5
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Castiglione, Giovanni Benedetto (c.1609-1664)
Title / Object name:  Rebecca led by the Servant of Abraham
Object type:  Painting
Place made:  Rome
Culture:  Italian
Date made:  about 1650
Materials:  Oil on canvas
Measurements:  150 x 194.5 cm
Provenance:  Duke of Malborough, from 18th century; Blenheim Palace sale; Christie's Auction House, London, 7 August, 1886 (no. 643); Hazlitt Gallery; purchased by the Barber Institute, June 1967
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Rebecca, on a horse, makes the journey to meet her future husband Isaac. She turns to address Abraham’s servant. According to the Old Testament story, he was guided by God to find a wife for his master’s son in a distant land. The composition carefully places the viewer amongst the travellers.
The Genoese artist Castiglione specialised in painting animal subjects, particularly those which included journeys. Here, the biblical story provides the artist with an opportunity to elevate his normally humble subject matter.

Notes:  Exhibited: 'Baroque Painting in Italy', Hazlitt Gallery, London, UK, 1967, cat. no. 9.; 'Pier Francesco Mola', Lugano, Switzerland, 16 September 1989 - 19 November 1989

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Castiglione, Giovanni Benedetto
Italian
1609
1664

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