'And the King said, Divide the living child in two', mid-late 19th century. Creator
'And the King said, Divide the living child in two', mid-late 19th century. Biblical scene, from 1 Kings 3: 25: 'And the king said, Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one, and half to the other.' Story also known as The Judgement of Solomon: King Solomon is asked to make a decision when two women both claim to be the mother of a baby. 'Then the woman whose son was alive spoke to the king because she yearned with compassion for her son. "Please, my lord", she said, "give her the living baby. Do not kill him!" But the other woman said, "He will not be mine or yours. Cut him in two!"'. Engraving.
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Illustration from the drama Mozart and Salieri, by Alexander Pushkin, 1961. Artist: Vladimir Favorsky
Illustration from the drama Mozart and Salieri, by Alexander Pushkin, 1961. Written in 1830, Pushkin's verse drama follows the apocryphal story that Antonio Salieri poisoned his fellow composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart out of jealousy of his music. It was made into a one-act opera by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov in 1897. Found in the collection of the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow.
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