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Search: Colloquium 16 (Fall 2019)

October 4 @ 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm


Bathsheba by Artemisia Gentileschi
Oil on canvas
ca. 1636
(H: 265.4 W: 209.6 cm)

The Italian painter Artemisia Gentileschi was a highly successful and influential artist at a time when women painters were rare. For this major commission, she painted the principal figures, and, as was the common practice, she employed two specialists to paint the architectural and landscape features. King David of the Old Testament, on the balcony, is going to seduce Bathsheba, his commander’s wife. Gentileschi has emphasized Bathsheba’s dignity and noble bearing and has relied on strong light and vivid but somber colors to emphasize the silent drama of the scene (from the museum website).

Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio


2 Samuel-1 Kings 1-4 in the NOAB

Topic of Discussion

The reading for this colloquium depict the reign of David, who consolidates control of Judah and Israel, and the succession of Solomon. How does the behavior of David compare and contrast with the way other kings and leaders have acted, for example Gilgamesh in the Epic of Gilgamesh, Agamemnon in Iphigenia at Aulis and the Iliad, the Pharaohs in Genesis and Exodus, Moses and Joshua in Exodus and Joshua, and Saul in 1 Samuel. Come prepared with examples based on specific passages from the texts we have studied so far this semester.


October 4
1:00 pm - 1:50 pm
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Barret 216
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