Freitag, 30. Januar 2015

Caravaggio : David with the Head of Goliath

Caravaggio : David with the Head of Goliath

David with the Head of Goliath is a painting by the Italian Baroque artist Caravaggio. It is housed in the Galleria Borghese, Rome.[1] The painting, which was in the collection of Cardinal Scipione Borghese[a] in 1650,[3] has been dated as early as 1605 and as late as 1609–1610, with more recent scholars[who?] tending towards the former [4]

The immediate inspiration for Caravaggio is a work by a follower of Giorgione, c.1510, but Caravaggio captures the drama more effectively by having the head dangling from David's hand and dripping blood, rather than resting on a ledge.[1]

The sword in David's hand carries an abbreviated inscription H-AS OS; this has been interpreted as an abbreviation of the Latin phrase Humilitas occidit superbiam ("humility kills pride").[1]David is perturbed, "his expression mingling sadness and compassion."[1]

David with the Head of Goliath

Beheading of Saint John the Baptist

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