Isaac Rejecting Esau (c. 1288-1292) by Giotto

Isaac Rejecting Esau - Giotto - c.1290

Artwork Information

TitleIsaac Rejecting Esau
Dimensions300cm x 300 cm
Art MovementProto Renaissance
Current LocationBasilica of Saint Francis of Assisi, Assisi, Italy
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About Isaac Rejecting Esau

Isaac Rejecting Esau is a stunning fresco painting located in the Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi in Italy. Painted by the renowned artist Giotto di Bondone, it is part of a series depicting Scenes from the Old Testament. Measuring 300×300 cm, it was created around 1290-1295 and is traditionally attributed to Giotto’s early period.

The artwork depicts Isaac rejecting Esau as his successor to inherit his father’s blessing, which sets the scene for a significant moment in biblical history. This story symbolizes the conflict between brothers and freedom from oppression. The detail in this fresco painting is breathtaking, showcasing Isaac with outstretched arms while Rebekah looks on from behind him sorrowfully. Meanwhile, Jacob kneels before Isaac holding a bowl; stealing Esau’s birthright.

Despite being painted over 700 years ago, this artwork remains impressive for its vivid colors and bold lines that bring the story to life. It stands as one of two central frescoes depicting scenes from the life of Isaac located in the third bay within Upper Church’s walls. Available as both museum reproductions and art prints, this artwork continues to captivate audiences worldwide with its rich artistry and biblical significance.

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