Antonio Molinari

Rebecca and Eleazar

Rebecca and Eleazar by Antonio Molinari

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Described as a direct precursor of Venetian 18th-century styles, Molinari's voluminous, firmly modelled forms and rich, deep colours remain rooted in the Baroque. Although his early work reflected the influences of Neapolitan naturalism and tenebrism, by the 1680s he had developed his characteristic manner of depicting figures in graceful poses. This scene shows Abraham's servant Eliezer approaching Rebecca with gifts appropriate to her position as Isaac's future wife. The theme was regarded as a prefiguration of the Annunciation.

Title
Rebecca and Eleazar
Artist/creator
Production date
Unknown
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
816 x 1019 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of J Godkin, 1927
Accession no
1927/4
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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