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Abraham Entertaining the Angels by Rembrandt van Rijn Abraham Entertaining the Angels by Rembrandt van Rijn  
         
Abraham Entertaining the Angels by Rembrandt van Rijn
Rembrandt van Rijn, Abraham Entertaining the Angels, 1656, etching and drypoint, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Rosenwald Collection 1943.3.7160

 

 

The Story

The subject of this print, Abraham Entertaining the Angels, comes from the Old Testament (Genesis 18:1-15). For years, Abraham and his wife Sarah had longed for children. One hot day three travelers appeared at Abraham's house, and he invited them to rest and eat. The visitors were actually angels and God himself, who announced that Sarah would have a son within the year. Rembrandt depicts the dramatic moment in the story when the miracle is revealed through the gesture of the figure in the center, representing God.



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