Bolognese School, Hagar, Ishmael, and the Angel

18th century
Norman Palace, Palermo, Sicily

At his wife Sarah's instance, Abraham exiled his bondwoman Hagar and the son he had with her. Hagar wandered in the desert with the boy until she ran out of water. As she wept, God sent an angel to comfort her and led her to a well where she was able to give her son water at last (Genesis 21:9-19).

The painting puts the water jug in the angel's hands, but in Genesis it is Hagar herself who fills it and gives it to the boy.

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Photographed at the Norman Palace by Claire Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.