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Amnon and Tamar

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Amnon and Tamar

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Unidentified Artist

Date

ca. 1650–1700

Medium

Oil on canvas

Accession #

40.1

Dimensions

50 1/2 x 55 inches

Location

On View - Stent Family Wing, Level 2, Gallery 204

Description

This painting depicts one of the more violent scenes described in the Bible. The Book of Samuel recounts how Amnon, one of King David’s sons, fell in lust with his half-sister, Tamar. He drew her to his chamber by pretending to be ill, and when she brought him special foods, he raped her. Then Amnon’s violent love turned to intense hatred, and he sent Tamar away in disgrace. The story’s physical violence and emotional turmoil are conveyed in the agitated draperies and the figures’ strained poses.

Credit

Gift of Mrs. Thomas P. Hinman, in commemoration of the establishment of the High Museum School of Art by Dr. Thomas P. Hinman in April 1929