X-ray imaging (fig. 1) reveals various pentimenti: Jacob's left index finger was once straight; his hair was more coiffed, and may have been under some sort of headgear; the placement of Esau's extended arm was changed, while the sling around his chest was added later by the artist.
1 Nicolas Tournier, Un peintre caravaggesque, 1590–1639, exh. cat., Toulouse 2001, pp. 86–87, cat. no. 4, reproduced in colour.
2 Toulouse 2001, pp. 104–06, cat. no. 12, reproduced in colour.
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