These two paintings are companion pieces and they offer an exceptionally interesting example of the combination of thematic and symbolic correspondences and symmetries, blending harmoniously with skillfully setup, compositional complementarities.
The chromatics of the two paintings also shows similarity, in its red and blue dominants, which are characteristic of the style of the Venetian school, enriched with golden reflexes. Contemplating the two companion pieces, one is invited to witness a spectacular display of painterly virtuosity that ultimately results in an impression of great complexity, with chromatic beauty enhancing psychological interpretation, anatomic perception and realistic representation, while the documentation required by the subject is combined with surprising allegorical and compositional solutions.
©Dana Roxana Hrib, European Art Gallery Guidebook, Second edition, Sibiu 2011.


  • Title: Isaac Blesses Jacob
  • Date: Second half of the XVIIth century
  • Physical Dimensions: w126 x h109 cm (without frame)
  • Collecting: Brukenthal National Museum, Sibiu, Romania
  • Artist Biography: Giovanni Battista Langetti was born in Genoa and it was here that he started his artistic apprenticeship, later on studying with Pietro Cortona. He made a name for himself in Venice, where he spent the rest of his life. Langetti treated historical, mythological and religious subjects and it was in his work, that an important line for the development of Venetian art became prominent: the association of crudely realistic, bleak subjects with a preference for intensely live colors and the Cinquecento inclination for the close study of live models. ©Dana Roxana Hrib, European Art Gallery Guidebook, Second edition, Sibiu 2011.
  • Provenance: Brukenthal National Museum
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: oil on canvas

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