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Jacob with the Flock of Laban
Jusepe de Ribera

This picture originally formed part of a larger composition which extended on the left-hand side. Jacob is shown resting beneath a tree with sheep around him. In the water are sticks of wood which have been peeled of their bark. According to the Old Testament story (Genesis 30: 37-8) the sheep that drank this water conceived spotted lambs which Jacob was later able to claim as his own from his father-in-law, Laban.

An old copy of this painting in its complete state is in the Museo Cerralbo, Madrid.

Key facts
Artist Jusepe de Ribera
Artist dates 1591 - 1652
Full title Jacob with the Flock of Laban
Date made probably 1638
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 132 x 118 cm
Inscription summary Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit Lord Colborne Bequest, 1854
Inventory number NG244
Location in Gallery Not on display
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