Jacob gathering his wives before fleeing to Canaan (Jacob reuniendo a sus esposas antes de huir a la tierra de Canaán)
This first tapestry shows a man and two women with several children. The image may refer to the stay of Jacob among the people of Laban. Jacob married Laban’s daughters Leah and Rachel and had children with the former, as well as with the handmaids of both. Jacob himself can be seen in the background, taking care of the flock in the presence of his wives.
The scene matches the narration in the passage of Genesis 31, 1-21. God talked to Jacob and asked him to return to Canaan. Jacob sent word to his wives “to come out to the fields where his flocks were”. They talked and decided to abandon Laban and flee away “with all the goods he had accumulated”. Rachel took advantage of her father’s absence to steal his household gods, which links to the narration in the following tapestry.
Series Esau and Jacob
First tapestry in the series
Manufacture Netherlands, second half of the 16th century
Location Church of Saint Nicholas of Bari (museum opened in 2009)
Origin Church of Saint Stephen
MAZ y JPM