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This painting was commissioned by Infanta Isabel Clara Eugenia, Governess of the Southern Netherlands. Initially, it was supposed to be used as a reference to a tapestry item that would be hung during Christian feast days. It tells the story of the moment where Abraham meets with Melchizedek when he is gifted with the bread and wine. There are a lot of allegories to the Last Supper in this painting, and it is believed that Rubens purposely reinforced this idea by showing the king Melchizedek (whose name means king of justice) as the later idea of Christ.
The scene is set in front of an arch, and the crowd is gathered in front of large grey walls. The arch shows a deep valley and a bright blue sky behind them. Right in the middle, the gifts are exchanged, and there is a basket of bread on the floor. Abraham and Melchizedek are the central figures, while everything revolves around them. To the left, we see Abraham’s soldiers. They are dressed in dark plate armors and bright red capes. The soldier in the front row has a large beard and uses a big ornamented helm. They wear sandals on their feet and stand aligned by the side of Abraham. Behind them, it’s possible to see someone’s head, possibly a peasant as the head is absent of a helmet or military equipment. We can also see a white horse.
Melchizedek is surrounded by his servants as they help in the gift exchange. The servants are half-naked with only some colored fabrics wrapped around their waists. One of the characters is carrying a basket of bread on his back. There is also a person wearing a white turban on the back of the composition. King Melchizedek is wearing elegant clothes, and his robes are all embroidered with symbols and golden details. His white robe is shiny as if it was made of silk or some other expensive material. Over the white gown, there is a golden cape. This cape has two golden cords and details and red flowers embroidered to it.
Over the golden cape, there is a red hood. The details are made of silky material, and a red hood is on his head with a green crown. The scene is bustling, the characters are distributed on the foreground, and there is not much space seen in the background. There is a variety of bright colors, but there is also a lack of balance. Abraham’s side of the painting is darker and has a more limited color palette.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of The Meeting of Abraham and Melchizedek 1625, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of The Meeting of Abraham and Melchizedek 1625 that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
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