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Fragment of Jacob's Dream, from The Story of Jacob series
Fragment of Jacob's Dream, from The Story of Jacob series
Date:
ca. 1540
Location:
Not on display
Century:
Media:
Wool, Silk; Tapestry Weave
Dimensions:
340.4 x 248.9 cm (134 x 98 in.)
Object Type:
Country:
Continent:
Europe
Culture/People:
Flemish
Provenance:

Frederick A. Juillard
Juillard McDonald

Accession Number:
77.14
Acquisition Date:
1977-05-03
Credit Line:

Museum purchase, Elizabeth Ebert and Arthur W. Barney Fund

Exhibition History:

Gallery Rotation, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Legion of Honor, 2/94 - 5/94
Gallery Rotation, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Legion of Honor,10/98 - 2/01

Chapter 28 of Genesis tells of Jacob’s journey and of his extraordinary dream. In the tapestry he sleeps on a pile of stones, his staff and water bottle beside him. Above his head, angels ascend and descend a ladder reaching up to heaven. God the Father at the top promises protection and prosperity. Awakening the next morning, Jacob pours oil on the stone where he had rested, designating it as a holy place. This episode is shown in the middle ground, at the left edge. A group of shepherds tend their sheep below the cloud hiding God the Father. Jacob inquires after Laban, his uncle, and the shepherds point out Rachel, who is tending sheep in the left distance. Walls and towers, perhaps the town of Bethel, are outlined faintly in the background. From Anna Gray Bennett, "Five Centuries of Tapestry: The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco" (San Francisco: Chronicle Books; The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, 1976; repr. 1992): p. 112.