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Guido Cagnacci (Santarcangelo di Romagna 1601-Vienna 1663)

Jacob Peeling the Rods c.1650

RCIN 406088

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Jacob agreed with his father-in-law, Laban, that he would have all the speckled sheep and Laban the plain white ones. Jacob put striped rods in their drinking trough. As a result, the flock produced an unusually large number of speckled lambs. The rich tonal contrasts and atmospheric light here show the effect of Venetian art on Cagnacci’s work.