“Son of Jacob”, Husepe de Ribera – overview of the painting

“Son of Jacob”, Husepe de Ribera – overview of the painting
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  • Posted by Jose de Ribera
  • Museum: Prado Museum
  • Year: 1639

Overview of the painting :

Son of Jacob – Husepe de Ribera. 1639. Oil on canvas. 179×233

   “The Son of Jacob” is a picture that tells of the mysterious dream of Patriarch Jacob described in Genesis. He is depicted as sleeping, behind him is a tree, and on the other hand – the sheaf of light pouring from the gray-blue sky. The juxtaposition of the volumes of the first plan, taking place diagonally, is proof of the artist’s subtle sense of light and his excellent composition.

   When depicting Jacob’s dream, the master departs from his traditional iconography, in which there is always a staircase manifested in a dream. Her role here is given to the golden radiance flowing from heaven. The silhouettes of angels are barely distinguishable in this stream. The play of light on the face of the shepherd indicates the divinity of Jacob’s dream.