Abraham Casting Out Hagar and Ishmael

Abraham Casting Out Hagar and Ishmael

c. 1630s-1650s

Pieter de Grebber

(Dutch, 1590-1663)

Black and white chalks on antique laid blue paper

Sheet: 43.4 x 27.8 cm (17 1/16 x 10 15/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 2019.3

Fun Fact

The story of Hagar and her son Ishmael cast into the wilderness seen in this drawing was popular in 17th-century Holland for its emphasis on charity and compassion for immigrants.

Description

In this drawing, the Haarlem artist Pieter de Grebber depicted the Old Testament subject of the handmaid Hagar and her son Ishmael being cast out into the wilderness by Abraham. A popular story in the Protestant Netherlands, its theme played into the society’s emphasis on charity and compassion for immigrants or outcasts. De Grebber focused the scene on Abraham’s dismissive gesture and Hagar’s tearfully wilted form, beautifully rendered with carefully shaded drapery.

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Collection: 
DR - Dutch
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Drawings
Type of artwork: 
Drawing

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