ORRENTE, Pedro
(b. 1580, Murcia, d. 1644, Valencia)

The Sacrifice of Isaac

c. 1616
Oil on canvas, 134 x 167 cm
Museo de Bellas Artes, Bilbao

The painter stayed in Italy at the height of Caravaggio's popularity, and the influence of Caravaggio can be seen in this painting. It is even assumed that Orrente used a lost Caravaggio painting as a model of his composition.

Several versions are known of this composition that prove its success. In fact, Orrente's impact can be traced in all Valencian artists of the time, particularly in the Venetian quality of their brushstrokes and in their sumptuous use of colour.