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In painting, print and embroidery, the three fathers of the nation and their exploits have been a source of inspiration to many artists. The angels' visit to the tent of Abraham, the binding of Isaac and the dream of Jacob are some examples of scenes from their lives that have received artistic representation. Not only do the different techniques indicate diversity, but also the identity of the artists and the context of their works. The print depicting Jacob's dream is the work of a Christian artist, the illustration of Abraham and the angels is taken from the Passover Haggadah from Vienna, while the embroidery depicting the binding of Isaac is of Italian Jewish origin.

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The three messengers of God visiting Abraham and Sarah

Illustration from a Haggadah 

Vienna, Austria, 1749 

Ink and watercolor on parchment

Gift of Nora Aviad, 1987

1411 ON

The three angels visit the tent of Abraham and Sarah

Illustration from the Passover Haggadah

Vienna, Austria, 1749

Handwriting, ink, gold and watercolor on parchment

Gift of Nora Aviad, 1987

1411 ON

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Embroider image depicting the binding of Isaac

The 18th century

Silk fabric and threads 

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An embroidered picture depicting the binding of Isaac

the 18th century

Silk fabric and silk threads

ON 0491

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individual

ON 0491

Detail

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Jacob's dream

Klass Visser (1642-1587)

Amsterdam, 17th century

Engraving on paper

ON 0773

Jacob's Dream

Class Visscher (1587-1642) Amsterdam, the 1th century

Engraving

ON 0773

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