Condensing the biblical story of the David’s victorious struggle over the giant Philistine general Goliath, Caravaggio interprets it in a personal way: he shows a melancholy victor who seems to reflect both on himself and his victim. Despite the smooth surface (wood as a painting surface is unusual for Caravaggio), the stylistic proximity to “Madonna of the Rosary” and other works of Caravaggio from his Roman period can be seen.
Caravaggio and Caravaggesque painting
Overall: 91,2 cm × 116,2 cm × 2,5 cm
Framed: 113 cm × 138,5 cm × 9 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie
Coll. Conte Villamediana (d. 1622); Coll. King Charles I of England; Coll. Imstenraed, Amsterdam; came into imperial possession in 1667
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