The Tribulations of Job are of course legendary, but you will seldom find a painting of them. But here is an exception to the rule… presumably portraying the moment where Job’s family suggests he curse God, and die, because he is physically suffering so much. The artist is Cesare Fracanzano (17th century).
Most everyone has heard of the story of Esau selling his birthright to Jacob for, as the KJV once called it ‘a mess of pottage’ (i.e. probably lentil soup). In this painting Esau is depicted as the hungry young naive lad, who is hardly concerned about his future, whereas Jacob is depicted to the right of the frame as much older….. and conniving.
Clearly the artist is interested in the effect of light in the depiction, and there is no effort to depict the characters as being early Jews in ancient clothing….. The painting is attributed to Hendrick Terbrugghen (16th century).