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Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, (1571  1610)  David and Goliath  Oil on canvas, 1599  110 cm × 91 cm (43 in × 36 in)  Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain
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Title: David and Goliath
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Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, (1571 1610)
David and Goliath
Oil on canvas, 1599
110 cm × 91 cm (43 in × 36 in)
Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain

David and Goliath (or David with the Head of Goliath or David Victorious over Goliath) is a painting by the Italian Baroque master Caravaggio (1571-1610). It was painted about 1599, and is held in the Museo del Prado, Madrid. Two later versions of the same theme are currently to be seen in Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna (David with the Head of Goliath (Vienna)), and in Rome's Galleria Borghese (David with the Head of Goliath).

The David and Goliath in the Prado was painted in the early part of the artist's career, while he was a member of the household of Cardinal Francesco Maria Del Monte. It shows the Biblical David as a young boy (in accordance with the Bible story) fastening the head of the champion of the Philistines, the giant Goliath, by the hair. The light catches on David's leg, arm and flank, on the massive shoulders from which Goliath's head has been severed, and on the head itself, but everything else is dark. Even David's face is almost invisible in the shadows. A wound on Goliath's forehead shows he has been felled by the stone from David's sling. The overwhelming impression is of some action intensely personal and private - no triumph, no armies, no victory.

Caravaggio originally showed Goliath's face fixed in wild-eyed open-mouthed terror, tongue rolling, eyeballs swivelled to the edges of the sockets[citation needed]. In the finished painting the melodrama is banished: the drama is transferred from Goliath to the quietly efficient David, his face almost hidden, intent on the work of his hands in his enemy's hair, kneeling almost casually on the man's torso.

This painting and two others done at about the same time - the first version of Sacrifice of Isaac and the first John the Baptist - were taken to Spain shortly after they were made, they were frequently copied and made a deep impression on art in that country.
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Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, (1571  1610)  David with the Head of Goliath  Oil on wood, c. 1607  90.5 cm × 116.5 cm (35.6 in × 45.9 in)  Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, AustriaMichelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, (1571  1610)  David and Goliath  Oil on canvas, 1599  110 cm × 91 cm (43 in × 36 in)  Museo del Prado, Madrid, SpainMichelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, (1571  1610)  Salome with the Head of John the Baptist   Oil on canvas, c. 1607  91.5 cm × 106.7 cm (36.0 in × 42.0 in)  National Gallery, London, England
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