Erasmus Quellinus

(1607 – Antwerpen – 1678)

attributed to Esau  selling his birthright to Jacob (Lentil Stew)

Oil on panel, 50,2 x 63,8 cm

Price: 18.000 €

In Genesis, Esau returned to his twin brother Jacob, famished from the fields. He begs Jacob to give him some „red pottage“. Jacob offers Esau a bowl of lentil stew in exchange for Esau’s birthright ( the right to be recognized as firstborn son with authority over the family), and Esau agrees. Thus Jacob acquires Esau’s birthright.


This subject is rare in 17th Century Flemish Painting. Stylistically the painting can be attributed Erasmus Quellinus.