For a full description of the historical events, see Belshazzar
Belshazzar's Feast is described in the Book of Daniel. The Babylonian king Belshazzar profanes the sacred vessels of the enslaved Israelites. As prophesied by the writing on the wall, and interpreted by Daniel, Belshazzar is killed and Darius the Mede succeeds to his kingdom.
There are many depictions of Belshazzar's Feast in the arts. These include, in chronological order:
Visual arts 1635: The painting Belshazzar's Feast by Rembrandt1821: The painting Belshazzar's Feast by the English artist John Martin1817-1843: The painting Belshazzar's Feast by the American artist Washington Allston1983-1984: Belshazzar's Feast, the Writing on Your Wall, installation artwork by artist Susan Hiller
Music 13th-15th century: The Play of Daniel from Beauvais Cathedral1745: The oratorio Belshazzar by George Frideric Handel1860: The cantata Belshazzar's Feast. The Fall of Babylon: A Dramatic Cantata in Ten Scenes by Civil War-era songwriter George Frederick Root1906: The incidental music to Hjalmar Procopé's play by Jean Sibelius1931: The choral work Belshazzar's Feast by the English composer William Walton1937: Mene, Mene, Tekel song in the musical review Pins and Needles by Arthur Arent, Marc Blitzstein, Emmanuel Eisenberg, Charles Friedman, David Gregory, Joseph Schrank, Arnold B. Horwitt, John Latouche, and Harold Rome and music and lyrics by Harold Rome.1957: A song by Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two (also covered but unreleased by Bob Dylan & The Band during the 1967 Basement Tapes sessions)1995: Folk duo Paul Sartin (vocals, violin, oboe and whistle) and Paul Hutchinson (accordion). Released 6 albums .1998: The song God's Magic Finger by The Residents, released on the album Wormwood2007: Belsatzar after Heine for Speaking Voice and Cello by Graham Waterhouse
Literature 1815: The poem Vision of Belshazzar by Lord Byron in his Hebrew Melodies1820s: The poem Belsazar by Heinrich Heine1906: The play by Hjalmar Procopé