Sébastien Bourdon

The return of Jacob

The return of Jacob by Sébastien Bourdon

Artwork Detail

Sebastien Bourdon was one of many French artists who worked for a time in Rome, initially developing a quietly elegant style in the manner of Castiglione that attracted several discerning French patrons. He fled the city in 1637, as he feared being de-nounced as a Protestant.

Along with other scenes from the Old Testament, Bourdon painted several works before 1640 on the theme of Jacob. While this etching is still somewhat hazy, in the final state the blacks are more deeply etched, giving greater definition to each of the figures. (A Connoisseur's Eye: Prints from the Tomory Collection, 2005)

The return of Jacob
Sébastien Bourdon
Production date
circa 1637-circa 1640
273 x 198 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Peter Tomory Collection, purchased 2004
Accession no
No known copyright restrictions
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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