Abraham Serving the Three Angels

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Abraham Serving the Three Angels
Abraham serving the angels, Rembrandt van Rijn, 1646, private collection, USA.jpg
Dimensions16 cm × 21 cm (6.3 in × 8.3 in)
LocationPrivate collection

Abraham Serving the Three Angels is a 1646 panel painting in etching by Rembrandt.[1][2][3] The scene depicts Abraham, it is based on an episode from the Book of Genesis (18:1–12)[4] and it has Mughal influence.[5] Today it is in a private collection since it was bought in an auction in 1848 for £64 (equivalent to $6,000 in 2019).[6] Before that its owners were Ferdinand Bol, a student of Rembrandt, the Dutch art collector and Mayor of Amsterdam, Jan Six as well as Benjamin West, an American artist.[6]

In 2021, the painting was put up for sale by its current owner, Mark Fisch (the Metropolitan Museum trustee).[7]


  1. ^ Doyle-Nelson, Theresa (29 September 2018). "St. Raphael the Archangel—Offering Great Assistance Under Disguise". National Catholic Register. EWTN News, Inc. Retrieved 16 September 2019.
  2. ^ van Rijn, Rembrandt Harmenszoon (1978). Gerson, Horst; Schwartz, Gary (eds.). Rembrandt Paintings. Harrison House Museum. p. 108. ISBN 9780517254202.
  3. ^ Brown, David (1999). Stephen, Davis T.; Kendall, Daniel; O'Collins, Gerald (eds.). Tradition and Imagination: Revelation and Change. Oxford University Press. p. 230. ISBN 9780198269915.
  4. ^ van de Wetering, Ernst (11 November 2014). A Corpus of Rembrandt Paintings VI: Rembrandt's Paintings Revisited – A Complete Survey. Springer. p. 597. ISBN 9789401792400.
  5. ^ Wessels, Anton (9 February 2017). Jansen, Henry (ed.). A Stranger is Calling: Jews, Christians, and Muslims as Fellow Travelers. Wipf and Stock Publishers. p. 60. ISBN 9781532607981.
  6. ^ a b McGreevy, Nora. "Rare Rembrandt Biblical Scene Could Fetch $30 Million at Auction". Smithsonian Magazine. Retrieved 2021-01-25.
  7. ^ https://www.artnews.com/art-news/market/sandro-botticelli-portrait-sothebys-sale-record-1234582393/

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