Artemisia (Rembrandt)

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Artemisia
Artemisia, by Rembrandt, from Prado in Google Earth.jpg
Artist Rembrandt
Year 1634
Type Oil on canvas
Dimensions 142 cm × 152 cm (56 in × 60 in)
Location Museo del Prado, Madrid

Artemisia Receiving Mausolus' Ashes (also known as Sophonisba Receiving the Poisoned Cup) is a painting by the Dutch master Rembrandt. It is housed in the Museo del Prado of Madrid, Spain. It is signed "REMBRANDT F: 1634".

The subject of the picture is still unclear. It portrays a young woman, variously identified as Sophonisba or Artemisia, or a generic queen due to her jewels and rich garments, receiving a cup from a maiden. The cup would contain the ashes of Artemisia's husband, King Mausolus, or, in the case of Sophonisba, the poison which killed her.

For the woman, Rembrandt probably used his wife Saskia as model.

References[edit]

  • D'Adda, Roberta (2006). Rembrandt. Milan: Skira.