Jacob's Dream

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Jacob’s Dream
Spanish: El sueño de Jacob
El sueño de Jacob, por José de Ribera.jpg
Artist Lo Spagnoletto
Year 1639
Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 179 cm × 233 cm (70 in × 92 in)
Location Museo del Prado, Madrid

Jacob’s Dream (Spanish: El sueño de Jacob) is a 1639 oil-on-canvas painting by the Spanish Tenebrist painter José de Ribera (Lo Spagnoletto).


It measures 179 by 233 centimetres (70 in × 92 in) and is in the Museo del Prado in Madrid.


Jacob appears as a shepherd sleeping, resting on his left shoulder with a tree behind him. In the background on the other side is the ladder that he sees in his dream. It is not a wooden ladder but a ladder of light, by which angels are ascending and descending.


  • El sueño de Jacob, El Prado
  • Jusepe de Ribera, 1591-1652 , Issued in connection with an exhibition held Sept. 18-Nov. 29, 1992, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (see pages: 135-137).
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