Monday, May 22, 2017

David's Farewell to Jonathan

David's Farewell to Jonathan
Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn 1606 – 1669
oil on panel (73 × 61 cm) — 1642
Samuel 20:41 - And as soon as the lad was gone, David arose out of a place toward the south, and fell on his face to the ground, and bowed himself three times: and they kissed one another, and wept one with another, until David exceeded.
Jonathan was the son of king Saul and a close friend of David. Saul has decided to have David killed, as he sees him as a rival to his throne. David has to flee. Here he says farewell to Jonathan.

Rembrandt shows Jonathan as the older of the two friends. David is wearing beautiful cloths and a sword - probably the sword and cloths Jonathan gave him earlier.

The painting was bought for the collection of czar Peter the Great of Russia at an auction in Amsterdam in 1716.
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