Jael Killing Sisera

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Jael offered the fleeing Captain Sisera shelter in her tent, and then drove a tent pin through his head while he slept. Already before Rembrandt’s time, this biblical story was depicted as a warning against ‘the wiles of women.’ Rembrandt was fascinated by what drives a woman to commit such a deed. He regularly portrayed narratives in which the conflict of seduction and betrayal of women is central. Origin: Amsterdam. Date: c 1658 – c 1659. Object ID: RP-T-1930-8.

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