Peter Paul Rubens 1577 – 1640

David Slaying Goliath

oil on canvas (123 × 99 cm) — ca. 1616 Museum Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena

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This work is linked to 1 Samuel 17:51

David has just slain Goliath with a stone from his sling and is about to decapitate the giant.

A strong composition by Rubens, all the more so because of its suggestion of circular motion and its diametrical positioning of the opponents' faces.

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