three angels sitting at a round table at L of image, looking at a male figure to the R of the table who appears to be grabbing a plate; bowl on ground in front of table; woman at R entering scene from arched door

Abraham Entertaining the Angels, From the Story of Abraham, Plate 2, c. 1543

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In depicting Abraham’s heavenly guests (Genesis 18:2-10), Georg Pencz took the unusual step of having a divine being touch Abraham, illustrating the Protestant idea of God’s presence in everyday life. The scene also reminded viewers of faith rewarded, because the angels tell Abraham that he and his aged wife, Sarah, seen in the doorway, will be given a son.

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Title
Abraham Entertaining the Angels, From the Story of Abraham, Plate 2
Artist Life
active c. 1500–1550
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2015.93.109
Provenance
John E. Andrus III, Wayzata, Minn.; by descent to his daughters, Elizabeth, Katie, and Julie; gave to MIA, 2015. Earlier provenances have been gathered, but further research will increase our knowledge of their histories.
Catalogue Raisonne
Hollstein 2; Bartsch 2 (vol. 8, p. 321); Landau 2a (with the fine line demarcating the table edge still visible on the overhanging cloth)
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three angels sitting at a round table at L of image, looking at a male figure to the R of the table who appears to be grabbing a plate; bowl on ground in front of table; woman at R entering scene from arched door