Bathsheba at the Fountain

Rubens, Peter Paul (1577-1640) | Painter


On the basis of the Old Testament narrative, Rubens depicts the beautiful Bathsheba bathing in the courtyard of King David’s palace. A page approaching from the left brings David’s letter to Bathseba. Having fallen in love with Bathsheba, he summoned her to him and she became pregnant. In an effort to conceal his sin, he sent her husband Uriah to the front line of battle, where he died. Rubens was presumably inspired to create this late work by the beauty of his second wife, the young Hélène Fourment.

Material & Technique
Oil on peak panel
Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister
c. 1635
Inventory number
Gal.-Nr. 965