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The Sacrifice of Isaac
  • Jacopo da Empoli
    circa 1554–1640
    born: Empoli, Duchy of Florence (present-day Italy) ; died: Florence, Grand Duchy of Tuscany (present-day Italy)
  • The Sacrifice of Isaac, circa 1615–1620
  • Where object was made: Italy
  • oil on canvas
  • Canvas/Support: 204.5 x 166.4 cm
    Canvas/Support: 80 1/2 x 65 1/2 in
    Frame Dimensions: 100 x 86 in
  • Museum purchase
  • On view: Stewart Gallery, 406, E1
  • 1959.0036
Label Text

Figures in a landscape. Full-length bearded male in the center (identified as Abraham), clothed in purple and pink garb with a golden cape, stands to the left of a semi-nude boy (identified as Isaac) who has his hands tied behind his back; and kneels with his proper left knee on stones. The man holds a knife with his proper right hand and looks at a winged figure in the top left corner (angel). The man holds the boy’s hair with his proper left hand. The winged figure extends his proper right hand toward the man. Foliage in the background on the right, blue and green sky in the background left and center.