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Hendrick ter Brugghen: 'Jacob reproaching Laban'
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.

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