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Abraham and Isaac
Johann Heinrich Ferdinand Olivier

Abraham and his son Isaac make their way to the place of sacrifice as recounted in the Old Testament (Genesis 22: 1-19). Isaac carries wood for the altar fire and Abraham holds a lighted torch.

The style of the painting is deliberately archaic, with precise outlines and odd disparities in scale, while the figures of Abraham and Isaac recall the simplified forms of a medieval woodcut. The landscape background is drawn with meticulous care. It is loosely based on Olivier's studies of the countryside around Salzburg, which he first visited in 1815. The distant mountain peak may perhaps be identified as the Watzmann, to the south of the city.

Key facts
Artist Johann Heinrich Ferdinand Olivier
Artist dates 1785 - 1841
Full title Abraham and Isaac
Date made 1817
Medium and support Oil on wood
Dimensions 21.5 x 30.5 cm
Inscription summary Signed
Acquisition credit Presented by Bruno Meissner, 1992
Inventory number NG6541
Location in Gallery Room 45
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