Abigail and David, c. 1508


Bequest of Herschel V. Jonesexpand_more  P.68.196

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When Abigail's nasty husband Nabal refuses David his due, Abigail mollifies the future king with beasts laden with food (1 Samuel 25:1-35). Consistent with Lucas van Leyden's taste for novelty, he depicted the moment before their meeting, with David still bent on retaliation, and he relegated a key scene (Abigail's intercession) to an obscure location, at right. Historically, Abigail prefigured the Virgin as intercessor to Christ. But in the 16th century, she became a model of prudent quick thinking.

Abigail and David
Artist Life
c. 1490 - 1533
Accession Number
Knoedler, 1925
Catalogue Raisonne
NGA 2; B.24; Holl. 24 ii/ii
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