John (the Elder) Linnell

Abraham Entertaineth Three Angels

1846
Linnell created some of the great spiritual art of the early 19th century, combining a fascination with Nature and with deep religious feeling. He was famed for his landscapes, finding the Divine in the cycle of the seasons, the land and the changing weather. He also expressed his faith through traditional biblical subjects. Abraham welcomes three strangers to his table: the angels who come to tell him his barren wife Sarah will miraculously bear him a son and he will become father to the Jews. The scene is carefully imagined and furnished, yet Linnell is really fascinated by the fall of light and the effect on colour. Forms seem insubstantial, and the whole immaterial.
Title
Abraham Entertaineth Three Angels
Date
1846
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on wood
Dimensions
29.5 x 44 cm
Nationality
British
Credit line
Purchased 1964
Accession number
15189