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Domenico Fetti (Rome c. 1588-Venice 1623)

David with the Head of Goliath c.1620

RCIN 404731

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Fetti painted this work at the height of his career while employed at the court in Mantua. The Old Testament tells of the shepherd boy David who kills Goliath with a single stone from his sling and then decapitates him with Goliath’s huge sword. In the background the giant’s body lies on the battlefield as the Israelites triumph over the Philistines.