Nov 27, 2006

David with the Head of Goliath

David with the Head of Goliath

David with the Head of Goliath


Pieter Serwouters

(Flemish, 1586–1657)

after Lucas van Leyden

(Dutch, 1494–1533)


Sheet: 26.5 x 18.7 cm (10 7/16 x 7 3/8 in.); Border: 25.9 x 18.4 cm (10 3/16 x 7 1/4 in.)

Gift of Dr. David James 1966.167



Here, a hymn of praise is sung to the victorious shepherd David, who holds the head of Goliath impaled on a large sword. The life of King David, as relayed in the Old Testament, was intrinsically linked with music. According to the first book of Chronicles, he initiated the use of music in divine worship in his capacity as the king.

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