In the painting, Isaac, though old and humble, is a man of stature dressed in royal color. Jacob bows before his father, wearing goatskins to resemble his brother. With one hand Isaac touches the animal-skin clothing, while his other golden hand rests on Jacob’s head. The tension and riveting drama that characterizes Isaac blessing Jacob (while thinking he is Esau) is heightened by the red image of Esau looming over his father.

In the background, the blessings flutter like wings, flying in the sky over wine-colored earth, symbolizing the promise of both spiritual realization and physical abundance.