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Rebecca and Eleazar

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Both this Old Testament subject and its companion piece from the New Testament, Christ and the Woman of Samaria (MFA object no. 68.23), deal with the theme of personal revelation. Here, the weary Eleazar, servant of the patriarch Abraham, is offered water by Rebecca. This act of kindness is a...

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Provenance

About 1664-1669, painted for the abbé de Saint-Georges (probably Claude de Saint Georges, b. 1634 - d. 1714), Paris. Louis-François, prince de Conti (b. 1717 - d. 1776), Paris; May 16, 1777, posthumous Conti sale, Muzier and Rémy, Paris, lot 2087. Private collection, Paris. By 1962, Wildenstein and Co., Paris, London, and New York [see note 1]; 1968, sold by Wildenstein to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 7, 1968) NOTES: [1] Included in the exhibition "Religious Themes in Painting from the 14th Century Onwards," Wildenstein & Co., London, March 16-May 5, 1962, no. 39.

Credit Line

Juliana Cheney Edwards Collection

1664–69

Dimensions

144.1 x 199 cm (56 3/4 x 78 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

68.24

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

Collections

Europe

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Paintings