(b. 1596, Delft, d. 1674, Delft)
The Judgment of Solomon (detail)1640s
Oil on wood
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
In the centre of the painting are the duplicitous mother and a swordsman dangling the live baby by one foot. The executioner's pose recalls that of the Dioscuri, or Horse Tamers, one of the most admired ancient sculptural groups in Rome.