Monday, May 22, 2017

David's Triumphant Return


David's Triumphant Return
Jan Havicksz. Steen ca. 1626 – 1679
oil on canvas (107 × 159 cm) — 1671
Samuel 18:6 - And it came to pass as they came, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, that the women came out of all cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet king Saul, with tabrets, with joy, and with instruments of musick.
David returns to Jerusalem after having defeated the Philistines and their giant Goliath. He is greeted by celebrations and dancing women. David carries Goliath's huge sword. In the background are Jerusalem's city walls.

During the festivities king Saul was grieved when he noticed that David was much more popular than he.

The canvas could use some cleaning: the colours are not as vivid as Steen probably painted them.

There is text on the pillar that the kid is looking at. Loosely translated from 17th century Dutch it reads:

Soli Deo Gloria
It has pleased God
That David has dared
To beat Goliath
And hurt Saul in his heart
Victorious he steps forth
Here welcomed by his bride.
>>>>> David

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