Rembrandt: Picturing a Sinner's Remorse

"In one of Rembrandt’s earliest paintings he portrays what Wall Street Journal art critic, Lance Esplund, described as “the emotional aftermath of a biblical betrayal!”

Rembrandt’s “Judas Returning the Thirty Pieces of Silver”
was completed when the artist was 23 years old—his 24th oil painting. On display this month at New York’s Morgan Library and Museum, it is one of over 300 of his works inspired by the Bible, often concentrating on biblical characters at a “key moment” in their biblical story.

This painting depicts a scene from Matthew 27, showing a mournful Judas returning the silver to the chief priests and elders. Light seems to emanate from a large book. The Hebrew text written in the book refers to Absalom, who betrayed his father, King David.

The Bible—its narratives masterfully depicted in the arts!"


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