Monday, 25 May 2020

sophonisba met de brief van masinissa

Identified as the patron of artists for having painted the portrait of the Virgin Mary by John of Damascus, the Guild of St. Luke—especially in the Low Countries—was a common term for the association representing professional painters through the Renaissance, an organisation that Leipzig-born Nikolas Knüpfer (*1603 – †1655) was admitted to (as a visiting member, bezoekend lid), allowing him to establish a studio in Utrecht, one of his pupils being Jan Steen, where he produced some of his small-scale masterpieces—focused on literary and mythological themes.
Reflecting his penchant for unusual poses, here pictured (1635, through the lens of course of what is familiar) is part of a series on the influential Carthaginian noble woman, powerful in her own right Sophonisba (𐤑𐤐𐤍𐤁𐤏𐤋) who famously poisoned herself rather than be captured by Roman forces during the Punic Wars. Sophonisba receives news from her husband, King Masinissa, from the front that a truce has been reached but she must be paid in triumph to the victors—the Romans feeling that she had incited rebellion to begin with and ought to be removed from Carthage. Having none of that, later Sophonisba drinks the goblet of poison, rebuking Masinissa for making their marriage short and bitter.