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Meindert Hobbema, A Watermill, c.1666, oil on panel, 61 x 85 cm, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Source

The Dutch artist Meindert Hobbema trained under Jacob van Ruisdael. The two artists painted many watermills together, and even went on an excursion together across the Dutch provinces of Gelderland and Twenthe to paint these structures.

Pieter van Anraadt - Jug, Glass of Beer and Pipes on a Table

1658

oil on canvas

The Mauritshuis, The Hague

Belshazzar’s Feast” (detail), c.1636-38, Rembrandt.

“Rembrandt’s source for this painting, the Old Testament Book of Daniel, tells of a banquet Belshazzar, King of Babylon, gave for his nobles. At this banquet he blasphemously served wine in the sacred vessels his father Nebuchadnezzar had looted from the Temple in Jerusalem.

Rembrandt shows the moment when a divine hand appeared and wrote on the wall a phrase only Daniel could decipher. When transliterated the inscription reads: MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN. This is the interpretation: ‘God has numbered the days of your kingdom and brought it to an end; you have been weighed in the balances and found wanting; your kingdom is given to the Medes and Persians.’ That very night Belshazzar was slain.” (via)