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Abraham’s Sacrifice of Isaac

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Abraham’s Sacrifice of Isaac

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Il Baciccio (Giovanni Battista Gaulli)
Italian, 1639–1709


ca. 1700


Oil on canvas

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63 1/4 x 51 5/8 inches


On View - Stent Family Wing, Level 2, Gallery 204


Giovanni Battista Gaulli presented the Old Testament narrative of Abraham sacrificing his only son to God with dynamic theatricality. The heroic figures of Abraham and the angel are clothed in swirling drapery that reflects the artist’s training under Bernini, Rome’s most renowned artist. The painting’s original context is unknown, but by 1761 the work had entered the home of Gaulli’s son Giulio, where it was displayed alongside other biblical works, including another work on view in this gallery, The Thanksgiving of Noah.


Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation