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Gelder, Arent de
Hannah Presenting Samuel to Eli
Around 1710

In this touching Old Testament scene, Hannah ful?lls a promise by dedicating her only son, Samuel, to a life of service in the Temple. He will grow up to take the place of Eli, the high priest. Arent De Gelder, Rembrandt’s last pupil, adopted his teacher’s love of lofty spaces and fabulous costumes to picture the world of ancient Judaism. He also adapted Rembrandt’s earthy pallete and expressive brushwork.

 
Gelder, Arent de
Dordrecht, Netherlands 1645–Dordrecht, Netherlands 1727
Hannah Presenting Samuel to Eli
Around 1710
Oil on canvas
79.7 x 97.8 cm
Gift of Alfred and Isabel Bader, 2013
56-003.17

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