Bathsheba With The Letter From King David

size(cm): 50x45
Sale price£150 GBP


Willem Drost's painting "Bathsheba with the Letter from King David" is a 17th-century masterpiece that has captivated art lovers for centuries. This work represents a biblical scene in which Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah the Hittite, receives a letter from King David inviting her to his palace. The composition of the painting is impressive, with a seductive Bathsheba and King David in the background, observing the scene with an intense gaze.

Drost's artistic style is distinctly Baroque, with meticulous attention to detail and a soft, delicate brushwork technique. The use of color is impressive, with rich, warm tones creating a sensual and mysterious atmosphere. Light and shadow are masterfully used to highlight the details of Bathsheba's figure and create a sense of depth in the painting.

The story behind the painting is fascinating. Drost was a Dutch artist who lived in Italy for much of his career. This painting is believed to have been created during his stay in Venice, where he was inspired by the work of Titian and other Italian masters. The painting was commissioned by a Venetian nobleman and was kept in his private collection for many years before being acquired by the Prado Museum in Madrid.

There are little-known aspects of this painting that make it even more interesting. For example, it is believed that the model who posed for the figure of Bathsheba was Drost's mistress in Venice. Furthermore, the letter shown in the painting is not a real letter, but rather an invention by the artist to add a dramatic element to the scene.

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