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David and Bathsheba  1549

by Paris Bordone

As described in the Old Testament book of 2 Samuel (11:2), King David gazes at Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah, from the roof of his palace while she bathes. The king's infatuation with Bathsheba will lead him to order her husband's death and take her as his wife. Later, God causes Bathsheba's and David's newborn son to die as punishment. Venetian painters, such as Bordone, w...
H: 44 7/8 × W: 57 1/16 × D: 1 1/16 in. (114 × 145 × 2.7 cm)
oil on canvas
Courtesy of the Walters Art Museum