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The Departure of Abraham for Shechem, ca. 1650 - 1658

  • etching, burin engraving, paper
  • 292 x 369 mm
  • Inv. 2015-AV

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In Abraham's departure to Shechem (sometimes considered The Annunciation to the Shepherds), an angel appears in the sky. In the foreground are four figures surrounded by their animals, including sheep, goats and a cow. A shepherd boy sleeps against the broken trunk of a tree on the right, and in the centre a woman kneels before a bucket of water.


Cornelis II Visscher RKD
Haarlem ca. 1628 - 1629 - Amsterdam 1658
engravers (printmakers)AAT

Jacopo Bassano RKD
Bassano ca. 1510 - 1515 - Bassano 1592

Title The Departure of Abraham for Shechem
Date ca. 1650 - 1658
Period 17th century
Medium and support etching AAT
burin engraving AAT
Collection print room
Object type etching AAT
burin engraving AAT
reproductive prints AAT
Inventory number 2015-AV
Acquisition credit unknown
Current whereabouts Work currently not on display
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Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300055874 religious symbolism AAT
300189808 figures (representations) AAT
300015636 landscapes AAT
Keywords Iconclass 11G angels Iconclass
31A236 lying figure Iconclass
31A71 male sex; man Iconclass
31A72 female sex; woman Iconclass
31AA233 kneeling figure - AA - female human figure Iconclass
31B1 sleeping; unconsciousness Iconclass
31B13 sleeping on the ground Iconclass
31BB13 sleeping on the ground - BB - out of doors Iconclass
31D11221 boy (child between toddler and youth) Iconclass
41A775 wooden container: barrel, cask Iconclass
47I2112 cow Iconclass
47I213 sheep Iconclass
47I214 goat Iconclass
47I221 herding, herdsman, herdswoman, shepherd, shepherdess, cowherd, etc. Iconclass
48(+431) art (+ copy, copying ~ work of art) Iconclass
71 Old Testament Iconclass
71C1 story of Abraham Iconclass
71C1131 the calling of Abraham Iconclass
71C1132 Abraham starts out for the land of Canaan with Sarah, Lot and his belongings Iconclass
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