Description The Old Testament story in Genesis 22 recounts the Lord's testing of Abraham's faith by asking him to sacrifice his own son Isaac as a burnt offering. Although Abrahm was ready to follow God's commands, as was Isaac, the Lord's angel arrived in time to stay Abraham's hand. This test of faith was often interpreted by Christians as an antecedent for the Lord's readiness to sacrifice his son Jesus. The challenge of representing a landscape without the use of color or even shading has been met by carving a series of overlapping hills and valleys that seem to swallow up buildings and even the figures of Abraham and his son Isaac. Keeping the horizon high allows the carver to demonstrate his technique over as much as possible to the plaque's surface.
Provenance Tiffany & Co., New York; Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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