Sofonisba takes a bowl of poison, Rembrandt, 1634

Description of the picture:

Sofonisba takes a bowl of poison – Harmenszoon Van Rijn Rembrandt. 1634. Oil on canvas. 142×154

   The painting “Sofonisba takes a bowl of poison” is an early work of Rembrandt (1606-1669). In the form of a heroine, a portrait of the artist’s wife Saskia is guessed. Sofonisba in a chic robe that does not hide the impending motherhood, in jewelry with pearls, sits by the table covered with a carpet on which the manuscript lies. A kneeling maid serves her a drink in a bowl made from a nautilus shell. The gesture of Sofonisba can be interpreted as receiving and immediately protecting the life that has arisen in it. An old woman, standing deep in the shadow, with an expression of woeful compassion watches this scene: Sofonisba, not only to adorn Scipio’s victory, chose to drink poison.

   The main narrator in the picture at Rembrandt becomes light. The luminiferous figure is the heroine, the nautilus cup standing in front of her, like a fatal reflection, has a strange, golden-pearly radiance, bewitching and deadly."