LEYDEN, Lucas van
(b. 1494, Leiden, d. 1533, Leiden)

Abraham and Isaac on Their Way to the Place of Sacrifice

c. 1517
Woodcut, 285 x 211 mm
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Abraham and Isaac is among Lucas van Leyden's most successful prints, one of the more than 20 woodcuts of his oeuvre. It has a delicate balance between line and tone. The figures are set in a broad landscape that is convincingly built up in several planes and recedes into the distance, thus making clever use of the expressive potential of the woodcut technique.