Rembrandt van Rijn, Saul and David, c. 1651 - 1654 and c. 1655 - 1658
Saul and David was considered one of Rembrandt’s most famous paintings and a highlight of the Mauritshuis collection from the time of its acquisition in 1898 until 1969, when it’s attribution was rejected and the picture lost much of its allure. As a result, it has undergone extensive research and conservation treatment over the past few years. It is now back on display and the verdict is in: Saul and David is indeed a Rembrandt.
The Biblical king Saul suffers from bouts of depression and is soothed by the young David who plays the harp for him. In a particularly striking detail, Saul dries his tears on the curtain. But Saul will soon fly into a rage and throw his spear at David.
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