(b. 1571, Caravaggio, d. 1610, Porto Ercole)

David with the Head of Goliath

Oil on wood, 91 x 116 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

The painting is one of the rare exceptions in the art of Caravaggio: it is painted on wood instead of canvas. Recent X-ray investigations showed that below the painting there is another representing Venus, Mars and Cupid, executed probably by one of the Mannerist painters. The attribution and the dating of the painting is debated.

Suggested listening (streaming mp3, 11 minutes):
Johann Kuhnau: The Fight between David and Goliath (No. 1 of the 6 Stories from the Bible illustrated in music)