Rembrandt's 'Belshazzar's Feast', 1635 -- National Gallery, London
In the book of Daniel, at a drunken feast, King Belshazzar of Babylon takes sacred golden and silver vessels removed from Solomon's Temple in Jerusalem by his predecessor Nebuchadnezzar, and with the holy items, the King and his court praise “the gods of gold and silver, brass, iron, wood, and stone“. Immediately, the disembodied fingers of a human hand appear and write on the wall of the royal palace the words מנא ,מנא, תקל, ופרסין (Mene, Mene, Tekel u-Pharsin). That very night King Belshazzar is slain, and Darius the Mede becomes King.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
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