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David with the Head of Goliath

David with the Head of Goliath(ca. 1605-1610)
Oil on Canvas, 125×101 cm.
Museo Galleria Borghese, Rome

David with the Head of Goliath is a painting by the Italian artist Caravaggio. David is depicted against a deep black background as a kind of ideal portrait. He is holding the head of Goliath, whom he has felled with hissling. Accordingly, he will be presented to the virgins of Jerusalem, and then to King Saul. Yet Caravaggio shows us a melancholy hero, who looks at the chopped-off head with a pained expression, without taking any notice of the viewer. His pleated white shirt has slipped down his left shoulder. His coarse trousers, which are even open a little at the front, suggest that, as a shepherd boy, David fought the duel only by accident. The sling, his most important symbol, is of no interest to the artist.

Bibliography

Caravaggio-Eberard König

Resources on the Internet

A large article. English language Wikipedia

A small description

A small description-galleriaborghese.it


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