Jan van Scorel 1495 – 1562

Landscape with Bathsheba

oil on panel (100 × 204 cm) — c. 1545 Museum Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Jan van Scorel biography

This work is linked to 2 Samuel 11:2

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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.

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