Abraham and Three Angels

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1575
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280 x 240 cm.
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This scene painted by Navarrete the Mute was inspired by Genesis 18: "And he (Abraham) lifted up his eyes and looked and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground, and said, My Lord if I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant: Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree: And I will fetch a morsel of bread, and comfort ye hearts; after that ye shall pass on." Abraham prepared the food for his guests and they ate the fine food. After eating they told Abraham that they would return the following year, by which time his wife Sarah would have had a child despite the fact that the couple were old. The woman heard the guest's words amused without suspecting that it was an angel who had spoken. The painting was for the Escorial monastery, a place that took in many pilgrims which is why the subject of hospitality is perfectly interpreted. The theme was suggested by the dictates of the [Counter-Reformation#CONTEXTOS#1], which put emphasis on good deeds as a way to achieve salvation. Navarrete presents Abraham in the foreground at the moment in which he offers his hospitality to the three angels, depicted with the same face as they are the same person, the mystery of the Trinity. The scene takes place in the open air, showing the tree which also forms part of the Biblical story and the house where we can see Sarah listening to the angel's news. The artist studied in Italy under [Titian's#PINTOR#3451] influence. Navarrete's images reflect the spirituality, sobriety and dignity demanded by the Spanish Church and especially by Philip II.


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