The subject is from Genesis 22. Verses 5 and 6 relate that Abraham and his son approached the place of sacrifice alone and that Abraham laid the wood for the burnt offering upon Isaac. It was only on the third day of their journey that Abraham saw the place of intended sacrifice in the distance, so making a setting in an extensive landscape particularly appropriate.

This painting was probably in the collection of the Roman aristocrat, Prince Lorenzo Onofrio Colonna (1637 - 1689) by 1679.

The painting was purchased from the Angerstein collection.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1615 - 1675
Full title
Landscape with Abraham and Isaac approaching the Place of Sacrifice
Date made
about 1665
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
152.2 x 195.2 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1824
Inventory number
NG31
Location in Gallery