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Antonio Zanchi (1631-1722), ‘Jepthah’s Vow.’

Signed Ant. Zanchi [pit?].
Oil on canvas. 229cm by 274cm.

Zanchi was born in Este, near Padua in 1631 and died in Venice in 1722. He was a prolific artist who worked mainly in Venice.

The story of Jepthah is told in the Old Testament Book of Judges, chapters 10-12.  He swears an oath that: ‘whatever/whoever emerges and comes out of my house to meet me when I return in peace from the people of Ammon, shall surely be God’s and I shall sacrifice them as a burnt offering’. The painting records the moment when the first person to greet him on his return is his adored daughter and only child.


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