Sofonisba takes a bowl of poison, Rembrandt, 1634

Sofonisba takes a bowl of poison, Rembrandt, 1634
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  • Posted by Rembrandt
  • Museum: Prado Museum
  • Year: 1634

Description of the picture :

Sofonisba takes a bowl of poison – Harmens van Rhine Rembrandt. 1634. Oil on canvas. 142×154

   The painting “Sofonisba Takes a Bowl with Poison” is an early work of Rembrandt (1606-1669). In the guise of a heroine, a portrait of the artist Saskia is guessed. Sofonisba in a luxurious attire that does not hide the future of motherhood, in jewelry with pearls, sits at a carpeted table on which there is a manuscript. A kneeling maid gives her a drink in a bowl made of nachilus sink. The gesture of Sofonisba can be interpreted as accepting and at the same time protecting the life that arose in it. An old woman standing deep in the shade, with an expression of woeful sympathy, is watching this scene: Sofonisba, not wanting to decorate the victory of Scipion, chose to drink poison.

   Rembrandt’s main narrative in the picture is light. The most light-bearing figure is the heroine standing in front of her nautilus cup, like a rock reflection, has a strange, golden-plamutra radiance, bewitching and deadly.