Sir Jacob EpsteinJacob and the Angel 1940-1

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Artwork details

Artist
Sir Jacob Epstein (1880‑1959)
Title
Jacob and the Angel
Date 1940-1
MediumAlabaster
Dimensionsunconfirmed: 2140 x 1100 x 920 mm, 2500 kg
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Art Fund and the Henry Moore Foundation 1996
Reference
T07139
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1940

Summary

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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