Jacob Setting Up a Pillar, 1549


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Maarten van Heemskerck designed 278 Old Testament prints, many executed by friend Dirck Volckertsz. Coornhert. In Genesis 28:10-22, Jacob dreamed that the ground beneath him was "the house of God." He set up his pillow-stone as a commemorative pillar, then anointed it, as shown at upper left. Mirroring the ruins he saw on his Italian sojourn, Heemskerck made the stone a huge slab, possibly indicating the strength of the church and the effort required to attain the throne of God.

Jacob Setting Up a Pillar
Artist Life
Netherlandish, 1522-1590
Accession Number
Catalogue Raisonne
Holl.21; Holl.36
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