Oil on Belgian linen, 137 x 122 cm

The music

Composer: Giovanni Bononcini (1670-1747)
Works: Cantate da Camera ("Care luci del mio bene" and others)
Suggested performance: Gloria Banditelli contralto, Christina Miatello soprano, Ensemble Aurora (recording label: Brilliant Classics 93349/2)

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The painting is based on the Biblical story of King David and the beautiful Bathsheba, the mother of Solomon, who later wrote his great poem about Love - the Song of Songs. There are two parts to the painting: the left part, which belongs to David, so to speak, where he is looking at and desiring Bathsheba, thereby, however, committing a sin in his heart, because she was the wife of one of the King's soldiers; and the right part of the painting, which belongs to Bathsheba, a symbol of the life of Wisdom. I tried to make Bathsheba like a Goddess, a woman of purity and innocence.