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Jacob Confronting Laban, c. 1667-68

Jan Steen

Dutch, c.1626-1679
Oil on panel
18-3/4 x 23-1/4 in. (47.6 x 59.1 cm)
The Norton Simon Foundation
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Prince Antiochus, near death because of his love for his stepmother Stratonice, is saved when she is ceded to him by his father, King Seleucus. After the doctor discovers that Antiochus' weak pulse quickens whenever Stratonice enters the room, the King decides to give up his wife in order to save the life of his beloved son. Steen shows Antiochus jumping from his bed to reach Stratonice, who stands smiling behind a railing. His father places a concerned left hand on his shoulder while he turns with a questioning gesture to his wife. The warm colors and confident, quick brushwork are typical of Steen's style during the late 1660s.

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