(b. 1571, Caravaggio, d. 1610, Porto Ercole)
David with the Head of Goliath1606-07
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.