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David and Bathsheba
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David and Bathsheba

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Description As described in the Old Testament book of 2 Samuel (11:2), King David gazes at Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah, from the roof of his palace while she bathes. The king's infatuation with Bathsheba will lead him to order her husband's death and take her as his wife. Later, God causes Bathsheba's and David's newborn son to die as punishment. Venetian painters, such as Bordone, were particularly known for their ability to paint beautiful, seductive women. The painting is characteristic of Bordone's fondness of fantastic architectural settings and deep perspective. For more information on this painting, please see Federico Zeri's 1976 catalogue no. 271, p. 398.
  • Die Poesie der venezianischen Malerei - Paris Bordone, Palma il Vecchio, Lorenzo Lotto, Tizian (The Poetry of Venetian Painting: Paris Bordone, Palma il Vecchio, Lorenzo Lotto, Titian) . Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg. 2017.
Provenance Owned by Mrs. Donald B. Hebb, Baltimore; given to Walters Art Museum, 1956.
Credit Gift of Mrs. Donald B. Hebb, 1956

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1540-1549 (Renaissance)
oil on canvas
(Painting & Drawing)
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Painted surface H: 44 7/8 × W: 57 1/16 × D: 1 1/16 in. (114 × 145 × 2.7 cm); Framed H: 58 7/8 × W: 71 1/2 × D: 4 5/16 in. (149.54 × 181.61 × 11 cm)


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