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God appears before Abraham, from the series Imagines et figurae bibliorum, ca. 1582 - 1593, ca. 1653 - 1654

  • etching, paper
  • 186 x 254 mm
  • Inv. 2013-ABN

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God appears before Abraham in the form of an angel and discusses with him the covenant he wants to make with his people. In the background, Abraham leaves with his family for Canaan (Gen 12: 1).


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

Jan Philipsz. Schabaelje
Amsterdam ca. 1586 - Amsterdam 1656

Title God appears before Abraham, from the series Imagines et figurae bibliorum
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: Genes. XII. 1
printed inscription in the depiction, top right: 17
printed inscription in the dipiction, at the top: Viae vitaeq3 melioris electio.
printed inscription in the representation, bottom left: Pe. V./ Borcht/ 1582
printed inscription in the depiction, at the bottom right: 18
printed inscription in the depiction, centre
stamps (tools) reverse, lower left: Stad Gent / Museum voor Schone Kunsten
Collection print room
Object type etching AAT
Inventory number 2013-ABN
Acquisition credit unknown
Current whereabouts Work currently not on display
Permalink https://mskgent.be/collection/work/data/2013-ABN
IIIF Manifest https://imagehub.mskgent.be/iiif/3/6465/manifest.json
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300055874 religious symbolism AAT
300189808 figures (representations) AAT
300015636 landscapes AAT
Keywords Iconclass 11C God the Father Iconclass
11G angels Iconclass
21D water (one of the four elements) Iconclass
25F24(DROMEDARY) hoofed animals: dromedary Iconclass
25G3 trees Iconclass
25H11 mountains Iconclass
25H112 rocks Iconclass
25H1124 boulder, stone Iconclass
25H2 landscapes with waters, waterscapes, seascapes (in the temperate zone) Iconclass
25H213 river Iconclass
25I city-view, and landscape with man-made constructions Iconclass
25I12 prospect of city, town panorama, silhouette of city Iconclass
25I5 landscape with tower or castle Iconclass
26A clouds Iconclass
31A25331 pointing to the forehead with the index finger Iconclass
45K13 fortress Iconclass
46C13141 horse Iconclass
46C133 pack-animal Iconclass
46C513 'en route', traveller under way Iconclass
71 Old Testament Iconclass
71C1 story of Abraham Iconclass
71C112 Abraham communicating with God (in general) Iconclass
71C113 Abraham goes to Canaan (Genesis 12:1-9) Iconclass
71C1132 Abraham starts out for the land of Canaan with Sarah, Lot and his belongings Iconclass
School / Style Renaissance AAT
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