Bathsheba brings the young maid Abishag to the aging King David for body heat. Mezzotint by R. Earlom, 1779, after G. Farington after A. van der Werff, 1696.
- Werff, Adriaen van der, 1659-1722.
Selected images from this work
About this work
Bible. O.T. 1 Kings 1. Abishag was procured by the king because in his old age "he gat no heat"; "he let her cherish him", "but the king knew her not" (1 Kings 1.1-4). She was, however, required to be a virgin. Abishag was to play a sexual role in the intrigue between Adonijah and Solomon, two of David's sons contesting the throne on David's death
Where to find it
Location Status AccessClosed stores Open Online request