David Beheading Goliath, c. 1520-25

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Gift of Herschel V. Jones, 1926expand_more  P.10,936

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Modeled after a fresco by Raphael in the Vatican, Marcantonio Raimondi's engraving depicts the climactic scene after weeks of combat between the Israelites and the Philistines, According to the Books of Samuel from the Bible, the Philistine (pagan) warrior Goliath is defeated in battle by the young David, the future king of Israel, who uses a simple sling and stone to fell the giant. In epic form, David is set to behead Goliath, whose right-hand fingers still grasp for life. In 16th-century Italy, Marcantonio's audiences would immediately have interpreted David as Christ, Goliath as Satan, and the Israelites as the Church Triumphant.

Exhibitions
Details
Title
David Beheading Goliath
Artist Life
c. 1475/1480–c.1534
Role
Artist
Accession Number
P.10,936
Provenance
Charles de Valois, Lugt 2479, Paris (until d.1799; his sale, F.Regnault-Delalande, Paris, December 14-19, 1801 [23-28 frimaire an X], no. 231); Julian Marshall, Lugt 1494, London (until 1864; his sale, Sotheby's, London, June 30-July 10, 1864, no. 1573, for £36, to Grundy; James Reiss, Lugt 1523 (1812-1899), Manchester and London; Herschel V. Jones, Minneapolis (until 1926; gave to MIA)
Catalogue Raisonne
Bartsch XIV.12.10 (first state, before tablet with MAF monogram); Delaborde XI.1
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