David and Goliath

(From Treccani Encyclopedia and Wikipedia)

David and Goliath in the vision of three great artists

David  goliath

The story of David and Goliath was portrayed by many painters and sculptors, especially fascinated by the figure of the daring boy who armed only with a slingshot tackles the formidable giant.

Giovin Davide

“Young, blond and good-looking”, is the Bible description.

And like a defiant teenager of extraordinary grace and loveliness, the Florentine sculptor Donatello depicted him in a famous bronze statue.

David bronzo Donatello

Built around 1430, the statue became a sensation because for the first time after the age Greek-Roman was presented a human figure completely naked.

Donatello testa Golia

Even in what is perhaps the most famous statue of the history of art, the monumental David sculpted by Michelangelo Buonarroti

Davide Michelangelo

at the beginning of the sixteenth century, the figure of the child becomes an exaltation of beauty and virile strength. David is portrayed here in the moment of vibrant pending before the clash.

Capo David Michelangelo

Caravaggio instead, in one of his last, shocking interpretations of the biblical event , painted in 1606, putting emphasis on the severed head

David spada

and his face distorted by pain of Goliath, which the painter lends his features (it is almost certain that is a self-portrait). The suffering of the defeated is reflected also on the tormented face of David, very different in these representations by the adolescent defiant and triumphant immortalized by Donatello and Michelangelo.
Other famous artists have painted David and Goliath including Rubens

Rubens Davide Golia

Guido Reni

Guido Reni

and Sebastiano Ricci,

Sebastiano Ricci

to name a few.

Caravaggio, whose real name was Michelangelo Merisi,

Autoritratto Caravaggio

to whom are attributed more than one version of David and Goliath was born in Milan September 29, 1571 (the date is not certain)

Caravaggio Bacco

is considered one of the greatest Italian painters,ย  particularly restless soul, faced various vicissitudes during his short life.

Caravaggio Medusa

Among his most important works
Martha and Mary Magdalene

Marta e Maria Maddalena

and the Conversion of St. Paul

cavallo Caravaggio

Crucial date for the art and life of Caravaggio was that of May 28, 1606, after which, having been guilty of a murder during a brawl and sentenced to death, he had to live in constant fleeing to escape the death penalty.

Merisi Davide e Golia

The fear of being beheaded led him to put in his paintings violent scenes. Ill and high fever sufferer died July 18, 1610 in Porto Ercole.

To Caravaggio is dedicated the old
100,000 lire banknote

Lire centomila

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