David with the Head of Goliath
The story of David and Goliath is one of the most beloved biblical stories and has been portrayed by some of the best artists in history, including Caravaggio (1571—1610), Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598—1680), and Paolo Veronese (1528—1588), painter of this work from The Lobkowicz Collections.
Its narrative of a small or weak opponent who triumphs over a much stronger rival has proved to be an enduring theme in Western culture. The present painting, featuring the vibrant colours typical of Venetian art, captures the moment in the story of the future King David shortly after he has defeated and slain the giant Philistine warrior Goliath. Goliath’s head, just visible in the shadows beneath David’s left arm, creates a symbolic diagonal with the head of David himself.