Rebecca at the Well, 17th Century Italian Follower of Giacomo Cavedoni (1577-1660).

Oil on canvas, 112cm by 150.5cm.

The Book of Genesis tells of Rebecca, chosen by Eliezer as a suitable wife for his master Abraham’s son Isaac, after she had displayed kindness in drawing water from a well that he and his camels might drink their fill; upon which he gave her a golden nose ring and bracelets.

Cavedoni, who came from Modena, worked in Rome under Guido Reni (1575-1642) for a year, before becoming one of the main assistants to Ludovico Carracci (1555-1619).

This painting was bought by Brownlow, 9th Earl of Exeter (1725-1793) from the Barberini Palace in Rome as by Agostino Carracci (1557-1602).


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