BOL, Ferdinand
(b. 1616, Dordrecht, d. 1680, Amsterdam)

Jacob's Dream

c. 1642
Oil on canvas, 128,5 x 97 cm
Gemäldegalerie, Dresden

In his later career Bol turned to a more courtly style and a lighter tonality, the faces of his models look rather pasty, and the highlights on the red velvet he loved to paint appear to have been dusted lightly with talcum powder. In a subject picture like the Jacob's Dream Bol captures something of the mood and tender character of Rembrandt's art of this period; but the elegant and noble attitude of the angel, with its long limbs and aristocratic gesture, is foreign to Rembrandt.