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The Judgment of Solomon


The subject of this clearly Caravaggesque painting is taken from the Bible. Seated on a high-backed chair with lion paws, King Solomon is called on to rule between two women who have just given birth and, living in the same house, claim to be the mother of the recently born live baby and reciprocally accuse each other of being the mother of the other one, who has died. Faced with the king’s provocative decision to split the baby in two, the true mother gives up her child so that he will not be sacrificed, thus revealing the truth.


Object Details

Medium | oil on canvas, cm 153,5 x 201,5


Inventory | 33

Location | Room 8 – Silenus Room


Period | '600


Classification | painting




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