Drinks throughout art history

6. Rembrandt’s Belshazzar’s Feast 1635

Rembrandt_-_Belshazzar's_Feast_-_WGA19123Inspired by the Old Testament Book of Daniel, Rembrandt painted an interrupted banquet.

The subjects in this scene recoil in fear as the writing on the wall, written by a divine hand, informs them of the imminent fall of their kingdom.

At this banquet Belshazzar blasphemously served wine in the sacred vessels which his father had stolen from the temple in Jerusalem. Two vessels are being tipped, the liquid gushing from the goblets to spoil a dress and a table.

One Response to “Drinks throughout art history”

  1. john szabo says:

    See Jean François de Troy’s 1735 paiting Le Déjeuner d’Huîtres, a serious oyster and champagne party. This could well be the first paiting that depicts champagne as we know it today – sparkling. Look closely at the four aristocrats looking up at the popped champagne cork in the middle of the painting.

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