About the creation

Jacob and the Angel

Artist name: Benn (Bencjon Rabinowicz)

Jacob wrestles with a large, winged angel. The angel’s lack of facial features indicates his existence on the border between the abstract-heavenly dimension and the earthly-tangible one. Jacob seizes the angel’s shoulders whereas the angel grasps Jacob’s hips. During the fight the two almost unite into one.

India ink and graphite on paper Pont-Saint-Esprit, Musée d’art sacré du Gard
© Conservation départementale du Gard / Jeanne Davy

Source: Genesis 32

Technique: Ink drawing

Date: 1954