Sunday, June 18, 2017

Landscape with Bathsheba (c. 1545)


Landscape with Bathsheba (c. 1545)
Jan van Scorel 1495 – 1562
oil on panel (100 × 204 cm) — c. 1545
2 Samuel 11:2 - And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king's house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon.
One night, on looking out from his window, King David happens to see a beautiful woman taking a bath. He falls for her charms and makes her his mistress. To be rid of the husband, David has the poor fellow sent off to war, never to return. David then proceeds to marry the widow Bathsheba.

The couple has five children. The first son dies; the second is Solomon. Through her schemes and machinations Bathsheba manages to make him king.

This is the last known work of Van Scorel's.
>>>> Solomon


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