The Sacrifice of Isaac: Rembrandt

Rembrandt: The Sacrifice of Isaac

The Sacrifice of Isaac is a 1635 masterpiece painting by Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn which tells the story of the Binding of Isaac from the Book of Genesis.

In Genisis 22, God commands Abraham for a sacrifice – his Son, Isaac at the mountains of Moriah. Abraham, while a moment away from plunging his knife into the bound Isaac, is stopped by a messenger from god who exclaims “now I know you fear God”. Abraham quickly finds a nearby ram and sacrifices it instead.

Rembrandt’s The Sacrifice of Isaac can be found in the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia after being purchased by Catherine II of Russia in 1779.

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