Jan Havicksz. Steen ca. 1626 – 1679

Amnon and Tamar

oil on panel (67 × 83 cm) — 1665 Museum Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Cologne

Jan Havicksz. Steen biography

This work is linked to 2 Samuel 13:11

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Amnon fancies his half-sister Tamar. His friend Jonadab advises him to feign illness and to ask her for help. That way Amnon manages to get her into his room. He then asks her to lie with him. She refuses, upon which he drags her into his bed with force.

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