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This late oil painting was produced at the end of Caravaggio’s short and turbulent life, that he spent moving from Milan to Rome and then to Naples. It is believed that it was produced in Naples, and soon after bought by the Conde de Villamediana. Many researchers believe Caravaggio fled to Naples after accidentally killing a man on a brawl. Caravaggio had already explored David and Goliath on two other similar paintings, one in his early career and once again in 1607. It was a common habit for the artist to paint the same subject matter more than once or produce a series of sketches of similar pieces. That is the case with Lute Player. Caravaggio produced three nearly identical artworks, with only a few details differing among them.
In this version, David is standing with his body slightly turned to the side, holding the head of Goliath by the hair. He is holding a sword as a sign of justice. However, in his facial expression, we see a thoughtful, almost disturbed David, as if he was carrying the weight of the necessary act he just committed. His face is divided in the middle by light and shadow, having the light coming from the right-hand side of the viewer. It’s possible to see the details of his pale skin and rosy cheeks. The left side is engulfed by shadows, creating contrast and drama.
He is wearing a silky white robe. The drapery falls over his brown pants covering only half of his chest. On his hand, the head of Goliath shows his last moments and emotions. Despair and disbelief are perfectly portrayed on the dangling head, and his eyes are wide opened, as well as his mouth as if he was about to scream. Goliath’s head is also divided by light and shadow, the right-hand side fading into the darkness.
As if the scene itself wasn’t tragic and intense enough, Caravaggio exaggerates on the tenebrism, making the figures come out of a pitch black background. Their pale white skin contrasts profoundly with the darkness that surrounds them and suits a perfect mood. The palette is warm, as most of Caravaggio’s pieces. Almost everything but the cold steel is colored in earthy and brown tones. The chiaroscuro is so intense on this piece that almost evokes the feeling of being in the theater, watching a scene brightened by artificial light.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of David with the Head of Goliath, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of David with the Head of Goliath that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
Free shipping is included in the price of the painting. Once the painting is ready and dry enough to ship, we will roll it and ship it in a sturdy cardboard tube.
We always ship express via courier to ensure your order reaches you as soon as possible - normally within three business days. The total delivery time from the moment you place your order until the package is delivered to your door is normally between three to four weeks.
If, in the unlikely event you were dissatisfied with the painting after reviewing it in person, it can be returned for a full refund for up to 365 days after delivery.
When you receive the painting; you are free to return it for more revisions or else for a full refund minus our actual shipping cost -- which is, on average, $25 per painting.
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Depending on the degree of damage to the warranted painting, it will either be repaired or replaced. This warranty service is provided free of charge.
When purchasing a painting on its own, it will arrive rolled inside a secure tube with an extra 1.5" of white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it in any local frame shop.
You may choose to purchase your painting framed, in which case, it will arrive "ready to hang". We offer more than 20 beautiful models, all hand finished and expertly assembled by our experienced framers.
Note that for safety reasons we can only frame up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached the framing option is automatically disabled.
If you are planning to frame your painting yourself,
use an existing frame, or frame it locally, you may choose to order your painting with a stretching service,
meaning that it will arrive mounted on wooden bars.
If you're considering not framing your painting at all, you may opt for a Gallery Wrap. The term Gallery Wrap refers to the way the canvas is stretched, which is by wrapping it around thick stretcher bars, about 1.5 inch thick, with the canvas being secured to the back rather than the sides of those bars.
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