Initial T: Isaac and Esau

Attributed to Franco dei Russiabout 1455 - 1460/1463

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Elderly and bedridden, the Old Testament patriarch Isaac directs his eldest son, Esau, to hunt for venison. Isaac promises to give Esau his final blessing when he returns with the meal, but Esau's brother, Jacob, arrives first, dressed as a hunter, and steals the blessing. The biblical story from the book of Genesis that inspired this scene, and the chant that follows on this page, are read and sung during the Christian penitential season of Lent. The figures' brightly colored garments and the delicate gold highlights on the trees and grass are characteristic of Franco dei Russi's manuscript illumination.

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  • Title: Initial T: Isaac and Esau
  • Creator: Attributed to Franco dei Russi
  • Date: about 1455 - 1460/1463
  • Location Created: Ferrara, Italy
  • Physical Dimensions: Leaf: 58.1 x 41.5 cm (22 7/8 x 16 5/16 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Tempera and gold leaf on parchment
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. 98, recto
  • Object Type: Detached leaf
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: Ms. 98, recto
  • Inscription: Recto: [rubr.] do[meni]ca.ii in xl./ Invit./Non repellet dominus/ plebe[m] sua[m].Q[ui]a i[n] manu eius/ sunt om[ne]s fines t[er]re. Venit./ [rubr./] R. Tolle ar/ma tua. Recto, upper right corner in black ink: I
  • Department: Manuscripts
  • Culture: Italian
  • Classification: Manuscripts