Jacob Seeking the Forgiveness of Esau
Jacob Seeking the Forgiveness of Esau

Image Resources | Currently on View in William C. Griffith Jr. and Carolyn C. Griffith Gallery

Jacob Seeking The Forgiveness Of Esau

Jan Victors (Dutch, 1619-1676)

The subject of this painting is taken from the book of Genesis and depicts the moment before the reconciliation of the brothers, Jacob and Esau. Following the biblical text, Jacob has divided the children of his two wives and his handmaids, putting the latter in front. He asks for forgiveness from Esau who, unseen in this painting, advances at the head of four hundred men. The principal characters in this drama are portraits of an unidentified family.

Victors was famous for his depictions of Old Testament subjects and his most important patrons included members of the Portuguese Jewish community in Amsterdam.

Object Information

Jan Victors (Dutch, 1619-1676)
creation date
oil on canvas
70-1/4 x 81-1/2 in.
accession number
credit line
Martha Delzell Memorial Fund
Public Domain
European Painting and Sculpture to 1945