Baroque and Rococo





The Mystery of the Revealed Form



 Baroque and Rococo Art Map
     Rembrandt van Rijn
     Rembrandt - a never-ending experience  
     Rembrandt the thinker: The structural conception of Rembrandt's early pictures  
     The encounter between observer and subject  
     From interpretation to observation: The Night Watch  
     Observation as comprehension: The Staalmeesters  
     The search for life in the picture: Susanna and the Elders  
     The search for life in the picture: The Return of the Prodigal Son  
     The mystery of the revealed form: The Jewish Bride  
     Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn -1606-1669: Chronology  
     Rembrandt - DRAWINGS  





The search for life in the picture:

Bathsheba with King David's Letter



The picture was completed by another artist. The moment has been selected in which everything taking place externally reaches its culmination in the son's devotion and the father's forgiveness. The entire series of late history paintings with one or two figures should be seen in this context, among them Bathsheba with King David's Letter  and Aristotle Contetnplating a Bust of Homer. Bathsheba is musing over King David's letter summoning her to him, which has put her in the position of having to decide whether or not to commit adultery. Aristotle, likewise musing, has placed his hand on the bust of the blind poet. The picture of Homer Dictating to a Scribe portrays the consideration of words coming to mind - the gesture of his hand refers to a corresponding drawing - while four individual pictures of the Evangelists present variations upon this motif. The qualities achieved by the older Rembrandt in these and other works will be expounded here with respect to one painting, Isaac and Rebecca (The Jewish Bride).

Rembrandt van Rijn
Bathsheba at Her Bath

Oil on canvas, 142 x 142 cm
Musee du Louvre, Paris


Rembrandt van Rijn
The Toilet of Bathsheba




Lucas Cranach
David and Bathsheba


Gentileschi Artemisia


Gentileschi Artemisia


Willem Drost
Bathsheba receiving David's letter


Jan Steen
Bathsheba Receiving David's Letter


Jan Steen
Bathsheba afther the bath



Hayez Francesco
Bathseba im Bade



Cecchino del Salviati
Bathsheba Goes to King David


Karl Brullov


Jan Massys


Jan Massys
David and Bathsheba




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