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This painting depicts the Old Testament story of Eliezer, sent by Abraham to find a wife for his son, Isaac. He meets the future bride, Rebecca, at a well outside a distant village and rewards her kindness in giving him water with a gift of jewels.
Maratti was the most successful and influential painter in Rome during the second half of the 17th century. He was trained in the studio of Andrea Sacchi, whose works epitomize the classicizing tendency in late baroque painting. Like Sacchi, Maratti adhered to the classical principle of composing pictorial narratives with as few figures as possible, rendering them with grandeur and clarity.
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