Jan Steen (c.1626–1679) was a Dutch genre painter of the Dutch Golden Age. He depicts here how Bathsheba receives the letter from King David. Despite it’s one of the relatively few paintings not showing the typical bathing scene with King David peeping it shows Bathsheba doing her toilet – probably she had not much more to do.
More interesting is therefore to compare the painting with another one depicting a normal Dutch doing her toilet.
The similarities are obvious, only that the biblical Bathsheba has more luxury, some handmaidens and shows more nudeness.
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