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David Receiving the News of Uriah’s Death  1648

by Rembrandt

Rembrandt portrayed various events in the life of the Old Testament figure of King David. This drawing shows an episode that hardly ever appeared in art: the moment David hears of Uriah’s death in the battlefield. He had arranged that it would happen, after he had seduced Uriah’s wife, Bathsheba, and she had conceived his child. God then sent the prophet Nathan (right) to ...
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