Maffei, who lived and worked in the cities of Vicenza and Padua, was profoundly influenced by the art of Bassano, Tintoretto, and Veronese, his Venetian predecessors. His style is characteristic for its elegance, far removed from realism. This scene from the biblical book of Genesis shows the angel appearing to Hagar. Having been banished by Abraham to the desert with her infant Ishmael, she is saved by a heavenly creature who directs her to a spring of water.

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