HOLBEIN, Hans the Younger
(b. 1497, Augsburg, d. 1543, London)

The Arrogance of Rehoboam

c. 1530
Pen and brown ink and chalk, tinted with gray wash and watercolour, 225 x 383 mm
Kupferstichkabinett, Öffentliche Kunstsammlung, Basel

For the paintings on the south wall of the Great Council Chamber, a program of Old Testament scenes was chosen, possibly as a reaction to the Reformation, which took root in Basel in 1529. The scene with Rehoboam provided the Council with the example of a bad ruler: Rehoboam, son of the wise king Solomon, drove the tribes of Israel to break with the House of David by refusing to moderate his excessively harsh regime.

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