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Rembrandt depicted the scene that is described in the Old Testament. One day, King David went onto the roof of his palace. From there, he saw a beautiful woman who was swimming. It became very interesting to David who she was. It turned out that her name was Bathsheba, and she was married. The king ordered the servants to bring her to him.
Rembrandt concentrated in his canvas a crime of a blood character and treason against his spouse, as well as the wrath of God. We see Bathsheba at the moment when she received a message from the king. She feels that something irreparable will happen very soon, and this makes her sad.
Physical beauty contrasts vividly with the humility of the heroine, who understands the impossibility of changing anything in her own destiny. It seems that Bathsheba is surrounded by a fabulous radiance of gold. The pose of the heroine is closed. Most likely, it arose from the relief of the ancient pore.
The viewer sees a beautiful naked woman who gracefully sits on white sheets. The picture takes place in the courtyard of a luxurious palace. Bathsheba had just bathed and is now leaving the bathhouse. On the left, the artist depicted a handmaid carefully wiping the heroine's legs. Bathsheba holds in his hand a letter from the king. She looks off into the distance and thinks. The whole canvas is closed and calm. Nothing can break this pacification.
Bathsheba understands that one cannot go against the wishes of the king. If she refuses David, then he will simply send her husband to war. Criminal love is a real sin.
Rembrandt depicted a very ordinary scene: a maid and her mistress. Many artists have addressed this topic. But Rembrandt brings a completely different sound to it.
The artist skillfully plays with color. The folds of luxurious fabric look like some kind of beast. This is a hint that Bathsheba is ahead. Everything is already destined, and nothing can be changed.
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