Pieter Lastman ca. 1583 – 1633

David hands the Letter to Uriah

oil on canvas (42 × 63 cm) — 1619
private collection

Pieter Lastman biography

This work is linked to 2 Samuel 11:14

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King David has fallen for Bathsheba, wife of Uriah, one of his best warriors. To be rid of Uriah, David sends orders to his captain Joab to put Uriah in the front line.

Here David hands Uriah the letter containing his own death sentence.

Uriah dies in battle, and David marries Bathsheba. From this marriage Solomon is born, who will succeed David.

This Lastman work used to belong to the Goudstikker collection. In 2007 it was acquired by the Leiden Collection.

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