Solomon and the Queen of Sheba
Hans I Rottenhammer (1564-1625)
Pen and ink (brown and grey), bodycolour (white), graphite on paper (light buff)
Width: 52 cm; Height: 51.5 cm;
Signed & dated & graphite, lower centre (on side
of chest) & recto, 1604 / HR
Acquisition (source, method, date)
Witt Fund; purchase; 1960
About this work
Monogrammed and dated 1604, this exception¬ally large roundel is one of the finest drawings by the celebrated Bavarian painter Hans Rotten¬hammer, who established himself in Venice. Based on a print by Marcantonio Raimondi and influenced by Veronese’s festive style, the com¬position depicts the biblical en-counter between King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, who journeyed from far with precious gifts to test the king’s legendary wisdom.
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