This painting is King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba by Konrad Witz. He worked in the early 1400s, and few of his paintings survive.
King Solomon, of course, was the son of King David and Bathsheba….He was the 3rd king of the united Israel and was known for his great wisdom and construction of the Temple in Jerusalem.
This painting is from a panel from the Heilspiegel Alterpiece and can be seen at Staatliche Museen, Berlin.
Of course, in reality King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba would NOT have been dressed in clothing more typical of the Middle Ages….this IS typical of artist from the time period though….they often portrayed Biblical figures in settings and costume that was contemporary for the times.
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