Old Testament paintings
by REMBRANDT

Images of holy people and of stories from the Gospels were the object of veneration that the Reformation was intended to ban. Biblical heroes for which no cult existed were found in the Jewish Bible. The patriarchs Abraham and Joseph, Samson the judge, King David, Queen Esther, the pious old and young Tobit: this cast of characters provided Rembrandt with material for moral dramas throughout his life.

Rembrandt started to paint Old Testament stories and figures shortly after he had set up as an independent artist in Leiden in 1625. His early work shows the powerful influence of his master's, Pieter Lastman's, broad, colourful style.

Late in the 1640s Rembrandt began to watch Jews more carefully, and to characterize them more deeply than before. Rembrandt had the opportunity to study the Jewish population of Amsterdam. From the time he purchased his large house in the Sint-Anthonisbreestraat (later the Jodenbreestraat) in 1639 until he was forced to sell it in 1658 he lived on the edge of the largest Jewish community in Holland. To Rembrandt the Jews were the people of the Bible, and with his deepening realism he wanted to become more authentic in his biblical representations.

Preview Picture Data File Info Comment
Tobit Accusing Anna of Stealing the Kid
1626
Oil on panel, 40 x 30 cm
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

1066*1400
True Color
197 Kb



Balaam's Ass
1626
Oil on panel, 63 x 47 cm
Musée Cognacq-Jay, Paris

1095*1500
True Color
254 Kb



Samson and Delilah
1626-27
Oil on oak panel, 28 x 24 cm
Rijksmuseum. Amsterdam

871*1000
True Color
133 Kb



Samson and Delilah
1628
Oil on oak, 61 x 50 cm
Staatliche Museen, Berlin

828*1001
True Color
80 Kb



David Presenting the Head of Goliath to King Saul
1627
Oil on panel, 27 x 38 cm
Öffentliche Kunstsammlung, Basel

1157*800
True Color
147 Kb



Jeremiah Lamenting the Destruction of Jerusalem
1630
Oil on panel, 58 x 46 cm
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

1038*1300
True Color
78 Kb



Esther Preparing for the Meeting with Ahasuerus
c. 1633
Oil on canvas, 110 x 94 cm
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

1038*1200
True Color
98 Kb



Joseph Telling his Dreams to his Parents and Brothers
c. 1633
Oil on paper on cardboard, 51 x 39 cm
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

1000*1304
True Color
179 Kb



The Angel Stopping Abraham from Sacrificing Isaac
1635
Oil on canvas, 193 x 132 cm
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

850*1255
True Color
113 Kb



The Angel Stopping Abraham from Sacrificing Isaac
1636
Oil on canvas, 195 x 132 cm
Alte Pinakothek, Munich

941*1400
True Color
135 Kb



Samson Accusing his Father-in-Law
1635
Oil on canvas, 159 x 131 cm
Staatliche Museen, Berlin

1072*1300
True Color
142 Kb



The Blinding of Samson
1636
Oil on canvas, 236 x 302 cm
Städelsches Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt

1600*1226
True Color
168 Kb



The Blinding of Samson (detail)
1636
Oil on canvas
Städelsches Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt

1400*1226
True Color
222 Kb



Belshazzar's Feast
c. 1636
Oil on canvas, 168 x 209 cm
National Gallery, London

1400*1128
True Color
204 Kb



Tobit is Healed by His Son
1636
Oil on panel, 47 x 39 cm
Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart

1064*1300
True Color
144 Kb



The Archangel Leaving the Family of Tobias
1637
Oil on wood, 68 x 52 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris

1104*1400
True Color
121 Kb



The Wedding of Samson
1638
Oil on canvas, 127 x 178 cm
Gemäldegalerie, Dresden

1373*1000
True Color
178 Kb



Biblical Scene
1642
Oil on wood, 73 x 62 cm
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

1113*1300
True Color
177 Kb



The Toilet of Bathsheba
1643
Oil on wood, 57 x 76 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

1505*1100
True Color
163 Kb



Tobit's Wife with the Goat
1645
Oil on mahogany panel, 20 x 27 cm
Staatliche Museen, Berlin

1300*969
True Color
128 Kb



Susanna and the Elders
1647
Oil on mahogany panel, 77 x 93 cm
Staatliche Museen, Berlin

1600*1305
True Color
196 Kb



Susanna and the Elders (detail)
1647
Oil on mahogany panel
Staatliche Museen, Berlin

1100*1529
True Color
221 Kb



Bathsheba at her Bath
1654
Oil on canvas, 142 x 142 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris

1400*1415
True Color
170 Kb



Bathsheba at her Bath
1654
Oil on canvas, 142 x 142 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris

1200*1214
True Color
156 Kb



Joseph Accused by Potiphar's Wife
1655
Oil on canvas, 106 x 98 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington

1200*1265
True Color
141 Kb



Jacob Blessing the Children of Joseph
1656
Oil on canvas, 173 x 209 cm
Staatliche Museen, Kassel

1225*1000
True Color
113 Kb



Saul and David
c. 1655
Oil on canvas, 131 x 164 cm
Mauritshuis, The Hague

913*700
True Color
83 Kb



Moses Smashing the Tablets of the Law
1659
Oil on canvas, 169 x 137 cm
Staatliche Museen, Berlin

1000*1227
True Color
143 Kb



Moses Smashing the Tablets of the Law (detail)
1659
Oil on canvas, 169 x 137 cm
Staatliche Museen, Berlin

900*904
True Color
130 Kb



David and Uriah
1665
Oil on canvas, 127 x 117 cm
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

1122*1253
True Color
122 Kb



David and Uriah (detail)
1665
Oil on canvas
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

453*620
True Color
43 Kb



David and Uriah (detail)
1665
Oil on canvas
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

614*852
True Color
90 Kb




Summary of works by Rembrandt
Paintings
New Testament subjects | until 1639 | 1640s | 1650-60s
Passion of Christ | Old Testament subjects
Mythological subjects | Historical subjects
Portraits | until 1632 | 1633-39 | 1640s | 1650s | 1660s
Group portraits | Self-portraits
Landscapes | Miscellaneous subjects
Paintings in the style of Rembrandt (not by Rembrandt)
Graphics
Etchings | Drawings