The artist will add 3 inches (7.5 cm) of extra paint “bleed” to every 4 sides of the canvas. There will still be 1.5 inches (4 cm) of white canvas around all 4 sides of the canvas.
1st Art Gallery offers the option to receive your painting ready to hang or rolled in a tube.
Currently, the frames listed will be only ship up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached, the framing option is automatically disabled.
However, if you are interested in stretching or framing a painting larger than 20x24 inches (50x60 cm), please contact one of our customer success associates or let us know in your order notes. We will send you a catalog of our large framing styles and pricing options.
Unframed rolled canvas orders will arrive rolled inside a protective tube with an extra 1.5" white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it locally.
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.
Real Oil Paints, Real Brushes, Real Artists, Real Art. The Certificate of Authenticity which arrives with every painting provides an assurance and verifies the authenticity of the hand painted fine art reproduction you purchased. Each oil painting is created by hand using only the finest canvas and oil paints available.
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.
1st Art Gallery provides a full warranty covering manufacturing and material defects for paintings purchased from our website. The warranty covers damage for normal use. Damage caused by incidents such as accidents or inappropriate use are not covered.
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.
Watch these videos
Get hand painted museum quality reproduction of "David with the Head of Goliath" by Caravaggio. The Reproduction will be hand painted by one of our talented artist. "David with the Head of Goliath" by Caravaggio Reproduction will come with Free Certificate of Authenticity that verifies the authenticity of the hand painted fine art reproduction you purchased.
All our artists have at least 15 years of experience. We only hire qualified artists with advanced degrees in Fine Arts who have completed a dissertation in European or American art.
We only use the highest quality oil paint and finest available canvas. We insist on sourcing our materials from brands that have been in business for at least a century or more.
Our most senior artists, those who have at least 25 years experience, carefully examine each and every painting that comes out of our studio. No order is shipped before it meets our standards, which are the highest in the industry.
Some companies claim to be selling handmade paintings when in fact they use printing presses and screening methods to speed-up the reproduction process and lower costs. We've been selling genuine handmade online since 2003!
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.
All orders ship with UPS, FedEx or DHL and will arrive directly to your home or office. A tracking number will be emailed to you as soon as the order leaves our studio so you can track it online. All orders ship express and usually arrive within 4-5 days from the shipping date. Due to shipping restraints, many of our framed, stretched, and oversize paintings may take 6-21 days for arrival depending on the safest route determined by the postal service.