Solomon was the the son of King David and Bathsheba. 2 Samuel 12:24. He became king despite rebellion among his brothers. 1 Kings 3:16-28 tells us he was a wise judge.
The Judgment of Solomon CLAEISSENS (ca. 1538-1613)
See http://www.wga.hu/frames-e.html?/html/c/claeisse/antoon/solomon.html for the source of the above photograph of the painting and a description.
The Judgment of Solomon BOULOGNE (c. 1620)
See http://www.wga.hu/frames-e.html?/html/v/valentin/solomoa.html for the source of the above photograph of the painting and a description.
Solomon was so significant to the surrounding territories that the Queen of Sheba visited him to examine him and to determine if he was as wise as was his reputation. He answered all her questions to her satisfaction. 1 Kings 10:1-9
Solomon and the Queen of Sheba TINTORETTO (c. 1545)
See http://www.lib-art.com/artgallery/40105-solomon-and-the-queen-of-sheba-tintoretto.html for the source of the above photograph of the painting.
The church had some difficulty with the frankly sexual nature of the book attributed to Solomon, or the Song of Solomon. The way it dealt with that was to transform it into an allegory of Christ and the Church, of which the illustrated manuscript below is an expression. Jews, on the other hand, generally have no problem cellebrating life in all its wonder as a gift of God.
The Bride and Groom – Church and Christ UNKNOWN ILLUSTRATOR
See http://www.mnemosyne.org/mmw/fullsize/mmw_10b23_330v_min.jpg for the source of the above photograph of the illustrated manuscript.
Le Cantigue des Cantiques I CHAGALL
See http://www.musees-nationaux-alpesmaritimes.fr/pages/page_id18012_u1l2.htm for the source of the photograph of the above lithograph.
How Beautiful You Are and How Pleasing CHAGALL
See http://www.musees-nationaux-alpesmaritimes.fr/pages/page_id18020_u1l2.htm for the source of the above photograph of the lithograph.
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