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Giordano, Luca
Jacob’s Dream Jacob’s Dream
1700 1700

The book of Genesis recounts that Abraham instructs his son to travel to Padanaram to find a wife. At night, he takes his rest with stones for a pillow. Then, in his dream, he sees a ladder reaching up to heaven, with angels ascending and descending it. From the top, God speaks to him, promising him the land for a great nation of descendants. Here, Luca Giordano applies a flamboyant, open painterly handling for a painting that originally formed part of a palace decorative scheme, and would have been placed over a door, hence its squat format and view from below.

 
Giordano, Luca
Naples, Italy 1634–Naples, Italy 1705 Naples, Italy 1634–Naples, Italy 1705
Jacob’s Dream Jacob’s Dream
1700 1700
Oil on canvas Oil on canvas
height / width: 74.90 x 152.40 cm; 29.49 x 60.00 in.
Gift of Alfred and Isabel Bader, 1988 Gift of Alfred and Isabel Bader, 1988
31-003

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