Baltasar's Feast

size(cm): 40x50
Sale price$188.00 USD


Rembrandt's painting "Balthasar's Feast" is a masterpiece of Baroque art that has captivated viewers for centuries. This work of art is a dramatic representation of the Biblical story of Baltasar, the king of Babylon, who held a banquet where he drank wine from the holy cups of the temple in Jerusalem. The hand of God appears at the top of the painting, writing in Hebrew on the wall: "Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin," which means "You have been weighed in the balance and found wanting."

The composition of the painting is impressive, with a great amount of detail and dramatic lighting that creates a tense and mysterious atmosphere. Rembrandt uses a chiaroscuro technique to highlight the main characters and create an effect of depth in the painting. The characters are arranged at a long table, with Baltasar in the center, surrounded by his guests and servants. The figure of Baltasar is particularly impressive, with his face illuminated by the light of a candle and his hand extended towards the sacred cups.

The color in the painting is vibrant and dramatic, with warm and cool tones blending together to create a sense of tension and drama. The gold and red tones of the characters' clothing contrast with the cool tones of the wall and floor, creating a stunning visual effect.

One of the lesser known aspects of this painting is that it was created by Rembrandt at a time of personal and financial crisis. The painting was commissioned by an Amsterdam art dealer, but was never paid for in full. Rembrandt had to sell the painting to pay off his debts, which shows the difficult financial situation he was in at the time.

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