Job chidden by his Friends
imitator of Rembrandt van Rijn (Leiden 1606 – Amsterdam 1669)
Oil painting on panel, Job chidden by his Friends, by imitator of Rembrandt van Rijn (Leyden 1606 – Amsterdam 1669), 18th century. Three figures and a dog stand outside a house with an arched doorway and a porch where a female figure leans over the door from within. The man on the right in the background points an accusing finger at the elaborately dressed male in a turban. The scene does not really fit with the biblical book of Job whereby he is deprived of all his possessions and health and is visited by his three friends whilst he, covered in boils, has banished himself from the city due to his disease. It may represent the first chapter (14-16) when servants arrive to tell Job of the beginning of his misfortunes but it lacks drama.
Calke Abbey was given to the National Trust by Henry Harpur Crewe (1921-1991) and the contents, including this painting, were acquired with the aid of a grant from the National Heritage Fund, thanks to a special allocation of money from the Government, in 1984
Calke Abbey, The Harpur Crewe Collection (acquired by the National Trust with the help of the help of the National Heritage Memorial Fund in 1984)
Makers and roles
imitator of Rembrandt van Rijn (Leiden 1606 – Amsterdam 1669), artist previously catalogued as attributed to Joos van Craesbeek (Neerlinter 1608 – Brussels 1662) , artist