François Verwilt


Between 1640 and 1691
Wood, oil. 48.7x36.5 cm
Signed in the lower right corner: "F.V Wilt"

The picture illustrates the plot of the Old Testament. (2 Book of Samuel, 11:2): “One evening David, getting out of bed, was walking on the roof of the king’s house and saw from the roof a woman bathing; and that woman was very beautiful...”

According to iconographic tradition, the image of Bathsheba personified the ideal of beauty of a young married woman. The artist contrasts Bathsheba’s beautiful body with the figure of an old maid as a hint of the transience of youth and the fragility of beauty.

Dutch realism