"Rebecca At The Well, Guillaume Courtois"Roman school of the seventeenth century
Attributable to Guillaume Courtois called "il Borgognone" (Saint Hippolyte 1626 - Rome 1679)
Rebecca at the well
Oil on canvas, cm. 57.5 x 72
Framed cm. 73 x 88
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The episode narrated in the present painting, Rebecca and Elizier at the well, is taken from the book of Genesis. Eliezer is the oldest servant of Abraham who, at the behest of his master, goes to Mesopotamia in search of his wife for his son Isaac and he identifies her in Rebecca who, at his request for water, immediately hands him the jug to quench his thirst (Genesis 24 ).
The patriarch Abraham, very old and advanced over the years, decided to give his son Isaac a wife to ensure descent to his lineage, and so he commissioned his faithful servant Eliezer, to go to Mesopotamia, to look for a suitable bride.
Arriving at his destination he went to a well, a favorite place usually in the Eastern world, to converse, negotiate and meet; for its symbolism of fertility and life, the well was considered the ideal place to combine a wedding. When she arrived in the evening, the women were gathered there to draw water; here a young girl named Rebecca, as well as Abraham's great-grandson, seeing him tried by the journey offered his jug to quench his thirst. Abraham's servant interpreted the generous gesture as a divine signal, choosing it as the suitable bride for Isaac.
The analysis of the stylistic and figurative characters allows us to trace the work back to the Roman environment of the mid-seventeenth century, with clear reminiscences of the Cortonese context, and precisely to the figure of Guillaume Courtois called "il Borgognone" (Saint Hippolyte 1626 - Rome 1679).
In his painting, and evident in the proposed work, a classicist figurative culture emerges with influences from typically Baroque legacies, from which his training in the workshop of Pietro da Cortona is evident. The result is yes the representation of a religious scene but located in a magnificent context of Arcadian taste, with the balance between naturalistic propensity and classicism.
The painting, in an excellent state of conservation and is complete with a pleasant frame in carved wood.
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