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David and Bathsheba.

Early 1640's

Oil on canvas

2.65m by 2.10m

Museum of Art.

Columbus, Ohio.

The Painting.

This is the first painting of Artemisia's second Neapolitan period. Codazzi was probably responsible for the background architecture. The position of the woman with the bowl resembles a mirror-image of a subject in The Birth of John the Baptist. The strict diagonal aligning the three brighter figures illustrates the artist's faithful emulation of Caravaggio's placements.

The Artist's Life.

Artemisia's main patron of this era was Don Ruffo of Sicily, whose correspondence from Artemisia survives. She completed versions of the Bathsheba theme and other paintings. Because they lack her high standards, they may be workshop paintings done by assistants, possibly one of her daughters.

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