Bathsheba at Her Bath (1654) by Rembrandt van Rijn

Bathsheba at Her Bath - Rembrandt van Rijn - 1654

Artwork Information

TitleBathsheba at Her Bath
ArtistRembrandt van Rijn
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions56 x 56" (142 x 142 cm)
Current LocationMusée du Louvre, Paris

About Bathsheba at Her Bath

Bathsheba at Her Bath is one of Rembrandt’s most celebrated oil paintings, completed in 1654. The painting portrays a moment from the Old Testament where King David sees Bathsheba bathing and impregnates her. It is displayed at the Louvre in Paris and is considered amongst his finest work.

The artwork is held in high esteem for its ability to combine sensuality with empathy. Rembrandt shows Bathsheba as being David’s victim with no choice but to surrender to him, effectively laying bare the horror she will endure. The painting not only depicts women as beautiful but also highlights the consequences and impacts that come with their beauty in society.

In this work, Rembrandt experimented with frontal lighting techniques and brushwork when creating shallow space illuminated from the left. This recipe allowed significant emphasis on Bathsheba’s physical attributes while highlighting her plight as an objectified woman who was preyed upon by a power-hungry king.

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