The Many Faces of Bathsheba


In the hands of Rembrandt Bathsheba is plump and warm; motherly. Inviting. In her hand is the letter from King David, making his intentions clear. There’s worry and concern on her face — the look of someone who knows what they are required to do, aware of the consequences. That look she gives her handmaiden, the older woman tending to her feet — she relates. They have the same role in society, she’s just higher up the social ladder.

Rembrandt shows us an intelligent woman facing a request she knows will only bring bad things.

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