The Old Testament Book of Genesis tells how Jacob had fallen in love with Rachel and agreed to work for her father for seven years as a shepherd to earn her hand in marriage. When the marriage took place, Laban substituted his elder daughter Leah for Rachel, for which Jacob reproached his father-in-law. Laban was unrepentant and Jacob had to work a further seven years to win Rachel, an admired example of constancy in love.

The artist reinterpreted the subject of this painting in a work now in Cologne (Wallraf-Richartz Museum), which probably dates from the following year.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1588 - 1629
Full title
Jacob reproaching Laban for giving him Leah in place of Rachel
Date made
1627
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
97.5 x 114.3 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1926
Inventory number
NG4164
Location in Gallery