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Attributed to circle of Domenichino (Italian painter and draftsman, 1581-1641) , David with the Head of Goliath

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Title David with the Head of Goliath
Collection National Trust for Scotland (Haddo House)
Artist Attributed to circle of Domenichino (Italian painter and draftsman, 1581-1641)
Date Earliest probably about 1620
Date Latest about 1650
Description A triumphant David, the future king of Israel, has just killed and decapitated the giant Goliath, a Philistine soldier. Still holding his sword, David leans on Goliath's head, while looking at the viewer. David's feathered cap and animal skin cloak are pastoral emblems that refer to him being a shepherd.
Current Accession Number 79-72
Subject figure; religion (David and Goliath)
Measurements 104.1 x 74.9 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Purchased from the 4th Marquess of Aberdeen and Temair 1978.
Provenance Purchased from Christie's, 14 June 1794, lot 55, by the 3rd Earl of Aberdeen; by descent to the 4th Marquess of Aberdeen and Temair.
Publications Borea, E., Domenichino, Milan, 1965, p. 55, n. 56; Spear, R. E., Domenichino, New Haven and London, 1982, vol. I, p. 211-12, no. 58, n. 19.
Notes A version of the painting shows David's left arm, still holding his sword, raised in the upper left hand corner of the canvas (Museum of Fine Art, Budapest). Evelina Borea, in her 1965 monograph, thought the Haddo picture was by Domenichino and the Budapest picture was a copy of it. However, Richard E. Spear in his 1982 monograph, says the Haddo picture has been wrongly attributed to Domenichino, and tentatively suggests it may by a Tuscan artist.
Rights Owner National Trust for Scotland
Author David Taylor
 

 

 

 

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