Michelangelo Buonarroti 1475 – 1564

Ruth and Obed

fresco — 1508-1512 Museum Sistine Chapel, Vatican City

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This work is linked to Ruth 4:17

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This is Ruth holding the infant Obed, her and Boaz's son. Obed would become king David's grandfather.

The woman could also be Naomi, Ruth's mother-in-law from a previous marriage. She nursed the child.

Interesting detail: a breast protrudes from the woman's robe. It indicates that she has recently nursed her child. The detail was concealed by prudent retouches until it was recovered during a recent restoration.

The fresco is the left half of one of the arches in the Sistine Chapel. The other half shows Boaz.

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