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Sofonisba takes the cup of poison, Rembrandt, 1634

Sofonisba takes the cup of poison, Rembrandt, 1634

Sofonisba takes the cup of poison - Harmenszoon Van Rijn Rembrandt. 142x154


The painting "Sofonisba takes a bowl of poison" is an early work of Rembrandt (1606-1669). In the guise of a heroine, a portrait of the artist’s wife Saskia is guessed. Sofonisba in a luxurious robe that does not hide her future motherhood, in jewelry with pearls, sits at a table covered with a carpet, on which lies a manuscript. A kneeling maid serves her a drink in a bowl made of a nautilus shell. The gesture of Sofonisba can be interpreted as accepting and at the same time protecting the life that has arisen in it. An old woman, standing deep in the shadow, with an expression of woeful sympathy, is watching this scene: Sofonisba, not wanting to decorate Scipio's victory, chose to drink poison.

The main narrator in the picture at Rembrandt becomes light. The luminiferous figure is the heroine, the nautilus cup standing in front of her, like a fatal reflection, has a strange, golden-pearly radiance, bewitching and deadly.


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