Sunday, April 15, 2018

01 Paintings, PORTRAIT OF A LADY, from the 18th & 19th C., with Footnotes. #3 F

Bartolomeo Veneto, (1470–1531)
Jewish woman with tools, c. 1512 or 1520
Private collection

Jewish woman with tools. One source seems to suggest (plausibly) that the hammer indicates that she is being painted as the biblical Yael. 

Sisera was commander of the Canaanite army of King Jabin of Hazor, who is mentioned in Judges 4-5 of the Hebrew Bible. Sisera was defeated by the forces of the Israelite tribes of Zebulun and Naphtali under the command of Barak and Deborah.

Sisera fled to the settlement of Heber the Kenite in the plain of Zaanaim, where he was received by Jael, Heber's wife. Jael brought him into her tent with apparent hospitality and gave him milk. Jael promised to hide Sisera and covered him with a rug; but after he fell asleep, she drove a tent peg through his temple with a mallet, her blow being so forceful that the peg pinned his head to the ground. More on this painting


Bartolomeo Veneto (1470–1531) was an Italian painter who worked in Venice, the Veneto (the mainland), and Lombardy. During his time in Venice, he studied under Gentile Bellini. The little information available about Bartolomeo's life has been derived from his signatures, dates, and inscriptions. His best known works are portraits or pictures with portrait-like character. Bartolomeo's later works, and especially those done on commission in Milan, indicate an influence from the artist Leonardo da Vinci. More on Bartolomeo Veneto





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