OIL PAINTING: Woman in Bed, 1647
While Rembrandt may have used one of his intimate circles as a model, the painting was not necessarily a portrait. The gold headdress, rich bedding and proximity to the painting by Rembrandt's teacher, Lastman, indicate that the woman was probably Sarah, Tobias's wife. According to the Old Testament Apocryphal Book of Tobit, Tobias successfully defeated the demon who had killed her seven previous husbands on their wedding nights. It could be Sarah for Tobias to win.