Isaac Blessing Jacob by Matthias Stom

Stom portrays the psychological tensions of the moment when Rebecca deceives her husband, the blind Isaac, into blessing her favourite son, Jacob, instead of his brother, Esau.


Oil on canvas
136.5 x 182 cm
Art Fund grant:
£100,000 ( Total: £485,000)
Acquired in:
Trafalgar Galleries

Through a subtle range of gestures and expressions Stom communicates Isaac's uncertainty and infirmity, Rebecca's guile and Jacob's fear. The work is heavily influenced by Caravaggio. This work was acquired with the help of the Art Fund grant including a donation from the Matthiesen Foundation in honour of Sir Denis Mahon.


Prince Caracciolo, Naples, and eventually by marrriage in the eighteenth century; to Prince Carafa, Naples; New York, private collection.

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Barber Institute of Fine Arts University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, BIRMINGHAM West Midlands B15 2TS 0121 414 7333

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