BRAMER, Leonaert
(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.




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