David With The Head Of Goliath (1610)

About the Artist

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571–1610) was an Italian painter of much renown. In his art, Caravaggio leveraged the power of dramatic lighting to accentuate both physical and emotional aspects of the human state. Other Biblical paintings by Caravaggio are ‘The Taking of the Christ’ (1602) and ‘The Entombment of Christ’ (1602-1603).

From The Bible

So David triumphed over Goliath with a sling and a stone. Without a sword in his hand, he struck down the Philistine and killed him.

David ran and stood over him. He took hold of the Philistine’s sword and drew it from the sheath. After he killed him, he cut off his head with the sword.

When the Philistines saw that their hero was dead, they turned and ran. Then the men of Israel and Judah surged forward with a shout and pursued the Philistines to the entrance of Gath and to the gates of Ekron. Their dead were strewn along the Shaaraim road to Gath and Ekron. When the Israelites returned from chasing the Philistines, they plundered their camp.

David took the Philistine’s head and brought it to Jerusalem; he put the Philistine’s weapons in his own tent.

Samuel 17(50-54)

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