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Bathsheba (1820-25) by the German painter Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld (1794-1872). Despite Schnorr von Carolsfeld is best known as a member of the Nazarene brotherhood this Bathsheba is a typical neoclassicist painting.
Despite Mary Magdalene isn’t mentioned much in the Bible and the Vatican decided in recent years that she wasn’t a prostitute, her image stays with this fame. It’s not even sure that it was always “Mary Magdalene” when it is spoken of her in the Gospels or the Gnostic writings. Show More Summary
Lot and his daughters (1616) having a really good time by Hendrik Goltzius (1558-1617) a Dutch printmaker and painter of the early Baroque period.
Judith Beheading Holofernes (1598-99) by the Italian Baroque painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571–1610).
Potiphar’s Wife a modern Illustration, maybe from a religious book for children.Despite the costumes and architecture seem well done it’s anything but a good painting. The gestures are ridiculous, it looks much more as if they are playing or acting in a cheap theatre. Show More Summary
This poster for the movie "Esther and the King" (1960) shows how Hollywood liked to interpret those stories. There is a lot of action violating and plundering soldiers, harem scenes and so on.But the best is Joan Collins as Esther with her absolutely modern hairstyle and cleavage dress.
The Dancer's Reward (1907) by the English artist Aubrey Vincent Beardsley (1872–1898).In this illustration to Oscar Wilde’s Salomé the wicked heroine seems as terrified as her victim.
Susanna and the Elders by the Italian painter Alessandro di Cristofano di Lorenzo del Bronzino Allori (1535-1607).As a good Mannerist artist Allori shows above all what he is capable of. There are strange movements, packed action and not least a perfect body.I especially like her little dog which is defending its mistress.
Delilah (1948) by the great Australian born artist Henry Clive.Clive started in the 1920's painting Ziegfeld Girls, then big stars like Gloria Swanson and Polga Negri for promo campaigns. Later he painted covers for American Weekly. He specialized in elegant glamorous women. His Delilah here is represented by the American singer and actress Beryl Wallace.
The British actresses Rachel Weisz and Rhona Mitra with snakes. Despite it looks quite fashionable it’s not least a modern interpretation of the old biblical myths od Eva, Lilith the Snake Goddess and the female evil. But probably that’s what it makes so interesting today.Furthermore it should be noticed that the postures are entirely copied from 19th century paintings.
Bathsheba (1875-77) by the French painter Paul Cézanne (1839-1906).Cézanne painted various versions of Bathsheba. I think, it was a good excuse to paint a nude in open-air. Here she has a servant, indicating that she’s probably bathsheba, in the background is a temple indicating the ancient world. Only king David on his balcony is missing.
Ruth in a medieval illumination. Already the hard working girl what made her so popular.
Lot and his daughters by the French painter Lubin Baugin (c. 1612-1663). One of the daughters helds the wine jug the other is pushing the fathers hand with the cup, but despite all of that, I think there is still a very horny old ma...
Jephthah's daughter (1866) one of the Bible illustrations by the French engraver Paul Gustave Doré (1832–1883).The young girl is here celebrating and lamenting her upcoming sacrifice. A really strange story!
Judith and the Head of Holofernes (1580) by the Italian Renaissance painter Paolo Veronese (1529-1588).Judith has already cut off the head and is now packing it in some blankets. Interesting is that Judith here depicted as an elegant blond European noble woman, while her servant seems to be an African slave like it was fashionable in Renaissance Italy.
Salome with the Head of Saint John the Baptist (c. 1506–7) by the Itallian painter Andrea Solari (?-1524).This Renaissance painting reminds with the costumes of the Salomes by Lucas Cranach but it’s much more dynamic.
Potiphar’s Wife (1914) by the German painter Lovis Corinth (1858–1925). Corinth was an influential impressionist painter. Here he shows with easy brushstrokes a voluptuous lusty woman scaring the poor Joseph. It’s a lot about female self-confidence.
Delilah by the French painter Gustave Moreau (1826–1898). Moreau was fascinated by gorgeous destructive women Eve, Delilah, Salome, Helen or Cleopatra. He painted various Delilahs alone.
Sarah presents Hagar to Abraham by the Dutch golden age painter Mathias Stom (c. 1600 - after 1649). That’s a rare scenery. Stom depicts here how the old Sarah brings her young and fertile (!) servant Hagar to the bed of her beloved husband, a really enormous sacrifice.
Eve (1896) by the French artist Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer (1865-1953). Levy-Dhurmer was a Symbolist/Art Nouveau painter and shows here a femme fatale who seems best friend with the devilish snake.