Saturday, June 17, 2017

David beats Goliath (1509)

David beats Goliath (1509)
Michelangelo Buonarroti 1475 – 1564
fresco (570 × 970 cm) — 1509
1 Samuel 17:51 - Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith. And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled.
David has struck down the giant Goliath with a stone from his sling. Here he is about to decapitate his enemy, using Goliath's own sword.

In the background, next to the tent, soldiers can be seen. They are waiting for the moment to attack the remaining, demoralized Philistines. The tent adds a magic glow to the image.

This fresco is located in one of the corners at the side of the entry to the chapel. In the other corner is Judith with the head of Holofernes.
>>>> Sistine Chapel ceiling

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