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Ceiling panel from Dean House, Edinburgh

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Ceiling panel from Dean House, Edinburgh
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This panel is one of a series which made up a painted ceiling in the great hall at Dean House in Edinburgh. Seven panels have survived from the ceiling which was painted between 1605 and 1627.

This panel depicts the biblical story of Abraham and the Sacrifice of Isaac. Medieval painters customarily used their own contemporary landscapes as the setting for Biblical paintings. The story of the sacrifice of Issac appears in the Book of Genesis in the Old Testament.

Dean House, with its crowstepped gable, was built in 1614 for the Nisbets of Dean. William Nisbet of Dean, Lord Provost of Edinburgh, was knighted by James VI in 1617. The house was used as a romantic setting for James Ballantyne's novel Miller of Deanhaugh.

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