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David with the head of Goliath
17th Century
David with the head of Goliath
[Davide e Golia (n.inv. 689)]
c 1625
oil on canvas
120 x 90 cm  [HxW]
Museo Civico (Palazzo dei Musei), Varallo

The influence of Caravaggio can be seen in the naturalistic rendering of the muscular arm, the interest in realistic detail and the dramatic lighting. The unusual cross-shaped composition reflects this artist’s mannerist background. The artist has relished the painting of the soft hair, tough bristles of fur, net bag and stones.

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