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The Toilet of Bathsheba

Photo credit: Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

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Following his arrival in Rome in 1610, Koenig joined the circle of his fellow German, Adam Elsheimer, who specialised in painting small, precisely detailed compositions on copper. The influence of Elsheimer and the Italianate setting of this work indicate that it may date from Koenig's Roman years (1610–1616). The subject, showing Bathsheba, wife of Uriah the Hittite, bathing in sight of King David's palace (I Samuel, 13: 11–17), was popular with sixteenth and seventeenth-century painters.

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford



The Toilet of Bathsheba


c. 1610–1616


oil on copper


H 23 x W 33 cm

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Purchased, 1945

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