Jacob is first mentioned in the Bible in Genesis 25[1]. His name, Yaʿaqōv, is derived from ʿaqev meaning 'heel', as he was born grasping the heel of his twin brother Esau[2]. Jacob's life was characterized by deception and manipulation, likely due to his dysfunctional family life[3]. He was chosen by God to be the leader of a great nation that still bears his name today[4]. After wrestling with an angel, Jacob received a new name - Israel - and a blessing from God[1], but not without cost; he limped away from the scene due to a hip injury[5].

Jean-Hippolyte Flandrin (1809 - 1864) was a French Neoclassical painter[1]. He is most celebrated for his 1836 work Jeune Homme Nu Assis au Bord de la Mer which is held in the Louvre[2][3]. He was a pupil of the sculptor Legendre and of Revoil, and later studied under Ingres[4]. His brother Jean-Paul was also a landscape painter[4].

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