Karel van Mander - Jephthah and his Daughter
Karel van Mander
Jephthah and his Daughter
Oil on panel. 49.5 x 50 cm.
The present work depicts a scene from the Book of Judges (11:34) in the Old Testament. Jephthah was appointed head commander in the war against the Ammonites. Before the battle, he promised to sacrifice to God the first thing he saw upon his return should he be victorious. To his horror, the first thing he saw was his only daughter rushing to greet him.
Cf. Heinrich Geißler: Zeichnung in Deutschland, deutsche Zeichner 1540 - 1640/1, Stuttgart 1979/80, II p. 56-57, 115.
Former French aristocratic ownership. - Kunstsalon Franke-Schenk, Munich.
Exhib. cat.: Historien- und Landschaftsbilder aus fünf Jahrhunderten, Munich 2002, p. 10, no. 1 (as Johann Hausser von Aach)
Kunstsalon Franke, Munich, 2002.