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Jacob puts peeled branches in the sheep's drinking troughs, from the series Imagines et figurae bibliiorum, ca. 1582 - 1593, ca. 1653 - 1654

  • etching, paper
  • 185 x 243 mm
  • Inv. 2013-AAJ

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Jacob puts peeled branches in the sheep's watering troughs to ensure that the white sheep would give birth to spotted cubs. In doing so, he deceives Laban who has agreed with him that he will receive all the spotted animals as wages (Gen 30:37).


Pieter I van der Borcht RKD
Mechelen ca. 1530 - Antwerp ca. 1611

Jan Philipsz. Schabaelje
Amsterdam ca. 1586 - Amsterdam 1656

Title Jacob puts peeled branches in the sheep's drinking troughs, from the series Imagines et figurae bibliiorum
Date ca. 1582 - 1593
ca. 1653 - 1654
Period 16th century
17th century
Location Amsterdam TGN
Medium and support etching AAT
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings printed inscription in the dipiction, at the top: Sic ars deluditur arte.
printed inscription in the depiction, top right: Genesis. 30. 37
printed inscription in the representation, bottom left: 40
printed inscription in the depiction, at the bottom right: 41
stamps (tools) on the back, bottom right: Stad Gent / Museum voor Schone Kunsten
Collection print room
Object type etching AAT
Inventory number 2013-AAJ
Acquisition credit unknown
Current whereabouts Work currently not on display
Permalink https://mskgent.be/collection/work/data/2013-AAJ
IIIF Manifest https://imagehub.mskgent.be/iiif/3/6488/manifest.json
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300055874 religious symbolism AAT
300189808 figures (representations) AAT
300015636 landscapes AAT
Keywords Iconclass 25H11 mountains Iconclass
25I city-view, and landscape with man-made constructions Iconclass
25I12 prospect of city, town panorama, silhouette of city Iconclass
41A3911 well Iconclass
41C121 giving drink Iconclass
47I213 sheep Iconclass
47I2211 herd, flock Iconclass
47I228 cattle driving, cattle driver Iconclass
71 Old Testament Iconclass
71C3 story of Jacob Iconclass
71C316 the partnership with Laban ~ story of Jacob (Genesis 30:25-43) Iconclass
71C3163 Jacob puts peeled rods in the animals' drinking troughs to make the beasts bear spotted young Iconclass
School / Style Renaissance AAT
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