Sir Jacob EpsteinJacob and the Angel 1940-1

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Sir Jacob Epstein (1880‑1959)
Jacob and the Angel
Date 1940-1
Dimensionsunconfirmed: 2140 x 1100 x 920 mm, 2500 kg
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Art Fund and the Henry Moore Foundation 1996
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1940


This monumental group depicts an episode from the book of Genesis (Chapter 32, verses 24-32). According to the Biblical story, Jacob was forced to wrestle with an unknown assailant through the night. In the morning his opponent blessed him because he had not abandoned the struggle, and revealed himself to be an angel and messenger from God. Jacob gave thanks saying, 'I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved'. During the early 1930s Epstein had read and re-read the book of Genesis and executed a series of unconventional water-colours on Old Testament stories… (read more)

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