Ferdinand Bol 1616 – 1680

David's Dying Charge to Solomon

oil on canvas (171 × 230 cm) — 1643 Museum National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin

Ferdinand Bol biography

This work is linked to 1 Chronicles 28:9

Tags: David | Solomon

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As promised the dying king David appoints his son Solomon to heir. He also gives him some instructions. The sword, crown and scepter all point to the kingdom that this all is about. To the right, Solomon's mother Bathsheba looks on.

According to traditional law, Solomon's elder half-brother Adonijah was entitled to the throne. But Bathsheba had managed to convince David that Solomon would be a better choice.

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