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King David

ca. 1620, Artist: Leonhard Kern



King David

King David is clad as a Roman military leader, with breast plate, short tunic, cuisses and a draped mantle. On the other hand, his crown, decorated with lilies, reminds one of traditional Gothic insignia. The biblical singer strums a harp as David is believed to be the author of the psalms and is therefore considered the patron of poets and musicians. His massive athletic body charmingly contrasts with the delicate movement of the hands. Leonhard Kern's masterly skill in carving combines a superb understanding of human anatomy with a broad, almost cubic concept, to achieve a work of timeless classicism.

Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Kunstkammer Wien Raum XXII

Object data

Object Name

Statuette; ivory carving


Schwäbisch Hall


ca. 1620


Leonhard Kern (1588 Forchtenberg - 1662 Schwäbisch Hall) - GND




32,8 cm × 13,6 cm

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Kunstkammer

Inv. No.

Kunstkammer, 4573

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