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Jacopo Amigoni (c.1685 - 1752)

Abraham and the three Angels

A1015a; oil on paper, mounted as a drawing; 43.9 x 32.6 cm

Prov: Miss M.V. Taylor

Purchased, 1964; WA1964.48

Macandrew 1980, no. 965-4

Abraham was visited by three angels, who prophesied that his wife would bear a son (Genesis 18:2). A1015a is the modellofor one of a set of six prints of Old Testament subjects engraved by Francesco Bartolozzi after Amigoni and published by Giuseppe Wagner in 1758. As with three other extant modelli(Graphische Sammlung, Munich), it is painted on the back of a print by Wagner after Amigoni. The artist prepared the oil sketches before his departure from Venice for Madrid in 1747.

Information derived from the The Ashmolean Museum Complete Illustrated Catalogue of Paintings.