OOST, Jacob van, the Elder
(b. 1603, Brugge, d. 1671, Brugge)

David Bearing the Head of Goliath

1643
Oil on canvas, 102 x 81 cm
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

The inspiration for this picture came from Caravaggio's painting of the same subject. Like the great Italian master, van Oost invested the scene with almost shocking naturalism, inspiring worldly reflections about the triumph of youth over age, beauty over ugliness.