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David and Goliath, c.1480-85 (tempera colours & gold)

David and Goliath, c.1480-85 (tempera colours & gold)


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David and Goliath, c.1480-85 (tempera colours & gold)

8677957 David and Goliath, c.1480-85 (tempera colours & gold) by Master of the Dresden Prayer Books (fl.c.1460-1520); J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, USA; (add.info.: Goliath is a character in the Book of Samuel, described as a Philistine giant defeated by the young David in single combat.)

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This print showcases the iconic biblical story of David and Goliath, depicted in stunning detail by the Master of the Dresden Prayer Books. Created around 1480-85, this masterpiece is a testament to the skill and artistry of Flemish art during the 15th century. At its center, we see two figures locked in an intense battle on a riverbank. The imposing figure of Goliath, described as a Philistine giant in the Book of Samuel, looms over his opponent. Clad in gleaming armor with a formidable helmet visor, he represents strength and power. In stark contrast stands David, portrayed as a young warrior facing insurmountable odds. Armed with only his faith and determination, he brandishes a sword against his colossal adversary. This image captures not only their physical confrontation but also symbolizes courage and triumph against all odds. The surrounding landscape adds depth to this scene; towering trees frame the protagonists while delicate flowers bloom at their feet. A loyal dog accompanies David on this perilous journey, emphasizing loyalty and companionship amidst adversity. Rendered with tempera colors and gold accents that bring vibrancy to every brushstroke, this artwork exemplifies exquisite craftsmanship. The meticulous attention to detail transports viewers back to an era where illuminated manuscripts were highly prized for their beauty. Displayed at J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, USA. , this remarkable piece from Bridgeman Images invites us to reflect upon timeless themes such as bravery, faithfulness, and resilience that resonate across centuries. It serves as both an artistic treasure and a reminder that even seemingly insurmountable challenges can be overcome through unwavering determination.

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