An Italian artist painted a picture of Solomon in the day of resurrection. Solomon is looking doubtfully upon two processions of souls, some on the way to life eternal, some to darkness and condemnation. He is not sure to which group he belongs. Thus the artist has put into painting the doubt in men's minds as to the final state and fate of Solomon, whether they are to number him among the redeemed souls or think of him as finally apostate and rejected of God. Nothing could have been brighter than Solomon's morning; nothing more glorious than his noonday; nothing darker and gloomier than his evening.
The event which made Solomon famous was his judgment between the two mothers. There have been stories similar to it—for example, the story of Ariphanes of Thrace and the three young men who claimed to be sons of the deceased king of the Cimmerians. Ariphanes ordered that each one hurl a javelin at the father's corpse. Two of the young men at once obeyed. The third refused to do so, and him Ariphanes declared to be the true son and the successor to his father.