Thursday, June 15, 2017

Belshazzar's Feast (ca. 1635/39)




Belshazzar's Feast (ca. 1635/39)
Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn 1606 – 1669
oil on canvas (168 × 209 cm) — ca. 1635/39
Daniel 5:5 - In the same hour came forth fingers of a man's hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaister of the wall of the king's palace: and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote.
The Chaldean ruler Belshazzar organizes a feast and uses the silverware his ancestor Nebuchadnezzar stole from the temple in Jerusalem. During the feast a hand appears that writes on the wall. Belshazzar consults his experts to discover the meaning of the writing, but to no avail. Only Daniel can read it – according to Rembrandt and a rabbi he consulted because the words were written vertically.

This writing is indeed the writing on the wall – the very next day the sacrilegious king is struck dead.

The meaning of the writing is explained at the end of Daniel 5.
>>>> Daniel


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