- Jacob Wrestling with the Angel
JacobWrestling with the Angel" is a biblical story commonly depicted in art. The story appears in chapter 32 of Genesisand chapter 12 of the Book of Hosea. Several sources credit the angel as being the Archangel Michael. [Targum pseudo-Jonathan to Genesis xxxii. 25; Pirke R. El. xxxvii.]
A number of artists have depicted it, including:
It is mentioned in
Dodie Smith's debut novel" I Capture the Castle" (1948).
It is mentioned in
Margaret Laurence's "The Stone Angel."
Referred to in U2's song "
Bullet the Blue Sky" (1986).
It was referenced in the 1990 play "
Angels in America" by Tony Kushner. The version depicted on-screen was the 1865 version by Alexander Louis Leloir.
The painting figures prominently in the 1997 film "
The Tango Lesson" as a metaphor for dance and life. Zadie Smithmentions it in her 2005 novel, " On Beauty", specifically the version painted by Rembrandt (the specialty of her main character, Prof. Howard Belsey).
It is also a popular theme for contemporary
angel-inspired art.Fact|date=March 2008
* [http://www.textweek.com/art/jacob_wrestling.htm List of additional illustrations]
* [http://fontes.lstc.edu/~rklein/Documents/Peniel.htm Article about Genesis story]
* [http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/3195/jewish/Wrestling-with-Angels.htm Wrestling With Angels] chabad.org
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