Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn 1606 – 1669

David's Farewell to Jonathan

oil on panel (73 × 61 cm) — 1642 Museum Hermitage, St. Petersburg

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn biography

This work is linked to 1 Samuel 20:41

Jonathan was the son of king Saul and a close friend of David. Saul has decided to have David killed, as he sees him as a rival to his throne. David has to flee. Here he says farewell to Jonathan.

Rembrandt shows Jonathan as the older of the two friends. David is wearing beautiful cloths and a sword - probably the sword and cloths Jonathan gave him earlier.

The painting was bought for the collection of czar Peter the Great of Russia at an auction in Amsterdam in 1716.

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